Any self-respecting feminine woman would have coveted – or even owned – the Lady Dior bag at some point. Much like the women of today, Christian Dior‘s Lady Dior bag has firmly established itself as a timeless icon that continues to reinvent itself over the years. With its emblematic round handles and cannage motif, new designs daringly express and illustrate a multitude of identities and personalities, all without forgetting the quintessence of the Dior spirit, its signature codes and, of course, the haute couture savoir-faire the house is renowned for.
Celebrating such ‘an ode to femininity’s multiple nature’, Dior has, once again, embarked on the fourth edition of its Lady Dior Art project; this time, inviting eleven artists from across the globe to each, in their own unique way, reinterpret the iconic bag into a distinctive piece of art.
Hailing from Mexico to Japan and Portugal to the United States, these eleven artists include Joana Vasconcelos, Rina Banerjee, Wang Guangle, Marguerite Humeau, Jia Lee, Maria Nepomuceno, Mickalene Thomas, Kohei Nawa, Eduardo Terrazas, Raqib Shaw and Athi-Patra Ruga. Each resulting art piece is not only a creative expression and representation of the artists’ individual universe and inspirations, they have also become a creative medium that connects Dior with the world.
While Indian-American sculptor Rina Banerjee brought together organic materials to create a “cabinet of curiosities”, Korean painter Jia Lee transformed the Lady Dior into a pristine canvas covered in watercolour florals on soft silk, revealing her poetic and emotional vision of nature. London-based Indian artist Raqib Shaw, meanwhile, created his imagined paradise through dazzling enamel charms, and African artist Athi-Patra Ruga realised his designs through a prism of colours, sculpture and the scallop design inspired by Christian Dior’s 1949 Junon dress.
Explore all the artistic Lady Dior creations and the inspirations behind in the video below.