Who Promoted Shopping Bags’ Beauty and History
Mrs. Forman worked for a number of graphic design firms in the 1970s and 1980s before freelancing and then leaving to raise her children. She won awards from the Art Di ferragamo rectors Club of Metropolitan Washington in 1981 and 1982.
Some time after that, she began collecting bags. In 1998, The Washington Post wrote an article about her collection: “Bags in a profusion of shapes, sizes and materials plus some items that aren’t bags at all but earrings, trash cans, candles, canisters, tissue boxes, cookie jars and other objects made to look like bags.”
Mrs. Forman designed the official bag for the 2002 National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington. That year, she and her husband founded the Museum of Bags to house and pr ferragamo otect her own collection, which was to grow to more than 6,500 bags and artifacts. It is not yet open to the public but features some of its collection online.
In 2008, the Minneapolis Institute of Arts used several objects from the couple’s museum in an exhibition about images of the presidency.
Her memberships included the Capital Speakers Club, Woodmont Country Club in Rockville and Friends of Blair House, the president’s guest quarters. She was a board member of Temple Rodef Shalom, a reform synagogue in Falls Church.
As a former ambass ferragamo ador of the Women’s Center in Vienna, she acted as public spokeswoman and coordinated ferragamo speaking engagements.
Survivors include her husband of 33 years, Howard Forman of McLean; two children, Grant M. Forman of Ellicott City and Lauren I. Forman of McLean; and a brother.