Over the weekend, Holocaust survivor turned iconic accessories designer - no, artist - Judith Leiber passed away at the age of 97, just hours after the loss of her husband of 72 years. Together, the creative pair formed the coveted Judith Leiber label, a line of handbags known for their playful shapes and glittering crystal-covered facades. For decades, Leiber's kitschy minaudières were considered the ultimate status symbol - she even created custom bags for First Ladies Barbara Bush and Hillary Clinton, modeled after their first pets. Though she sold her company in 1993, the Leiber label is still a favorite of A-listers and fashionistas, with pieces reaching upwards of $5000. Those in the know may also remember one of the bag's pivotal scenes in the Sex and the City movie.
As the fashion world mourns the loss of a legend, click through to celebrate some of her original pieces that have gone down in well-heeled history.
[Photo via @judithleiberny]