Lady Dior Sings The Blues

Friday, November 4, 2016

The Lady Dior bag is one of the most major “It” bags in the fashion scene. Created in 1995, the bag features metallic charms spelling out the name Dior, and cannage motif inspired by the Napoleon III chairs on which Christian Dior seated the guests at his show. Talk about being seated like royalty. The bag is seen as a symbol of contemporary refinement of the house, and it has loaned itself to a series of artistic interpretations since it first hit retail shelves.

Well, now it has been interpreted in seven different ways by a collection of artists. The luxury brand commissioned seven artists to do their own artistic interpretations of the bag, aptly naming it the Dior Lady Art collection, which will launch on November 29 in Miami during Art Basel. As the brand’s top selling style, which has been reimagined many times (anyone seen that pearlized calfskin one?), this collaboration is sure to garner a high amount of attention. On the heels of Art Basel, no less, November 29 will be a tour de force of fashion and art.

Mat Collishaw, Ian Davenport, Daniel Gordon, Chris Martin, Jason Martin, Matthew Porter and Marc Quinn are the lucky group of artists who were invited by Dior to design versions of the classic top-handle Lady Dior style based on their own art work. Quinn was essentially the catalyst for the project, having created a limited-edition series of handbags back in June for the brand’s Bond Street store opening.

Dior then began approaching artists to submit drawings that they would review to see what could be done with them in terms of design.

The bags that have now been created will be available at stores in Los Angeles, Korea, London, China, Dubai and Paris.

The most luxurious offering of the set would be the $11,000 mink bag. That seems to be the new major luxury bag material for the season.

The lady Dior bag has a very storied history. It rose to icon status when Bernadette Chirac, the wife of France’s former president Jacques Chirac, gave one to Princess Diana as a gift. The rest was fashion history.

In a press release, the brand said “In undertaking this collaboration, the House has pushed the limits of its savoir-fare in order to respond to the artists’ requirements. The project gives carte blanche to artists who have transposed their own creative universes into the Dior leatherworking language.”

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