Much like the person it was named after, the Lady Dior bag is one that is a timeless icon, perpetually reinvented. First brought to popularity when it was renamed and seen in the crook of Lady Diana's arm in the mid-90s, the bag has been an enduring part of Dior's DNA since with its architectural lines exalting the famed cannage pattern, encapsulating the very essence of Dior style; its audacious elegance.
With its iconic reputation, the bag gives way to creative expression through heritage and vision, and is revisited by artists and reimagined through individual lenses time and time again. This is partly due to the Lady Dior art project, which is commencing its seventh edition this year.
For the project, the brand has enlisted artists Ghada Amer, Brian Calvin, Sara Cwynar, Alex Gardner, Shara Hughes, Dorothy Iannone, Minjung Kim, Zhenya Machneva, Bouthayna al Muftah, Françoise Pétrovitch, and Wang Yuyang to interpret the Lady Dior in their own ways. From Egypt to the United States, Qatar to China, each artist has risen to the challenge of reconsidering and transforming the iconic bag.
A meeting between Dior and the cultures of the world, this new inspiring carte blanche showcases virtuoso techniques and craftsmanship, driven by a spirit of innovation and limitless invention. Each detail, thought out with infinite meticulousness by the eleven artists, is a tribute to singularity and savoir-faire, opening the doors of the imagination. As a final touch, each of the exceptional reinventions extends the artistic expression to the inside of the bag, revealing several poetic surprises. A celebration of joy and freedom.
Amongst the artists transformations of the bag, Ghada Amer used hand embroidered patchworks with crystals and sequins, adorning the bag with words like "strong", "loving", "resilient", and "determined" to evoke qualities associated with women. Brian Calvin embellishes the raffia-base bag with hand embroidered beads and sequins that depict his signature abstract faces, while Sara Cwynar carefully stitches tiny, emblematic images from the internet from the 19th to 21st century to make a commentary on the mediatization of daily life.
You can explore each of the artists interpretations of the Lady Dior bag at Dior's website.