Christian Dior’s Lady Dior bag is a style icon that is as timeless as they come. One look and you can recognise the bag, from its round handles and distinctive cannage motif, to the fact that its design is so quintessentially Dior. Still, classics warrant reinvention to remain fresh, and this is where the Dior Lady Art project steps in.

Celebrating such ‘an ode to femininity’s multiple nature’, Dior has, once again, embarked on the fourth edition of its Dior Lady 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, but 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.

This article was first published on Lifestyle Asia Hong Kong here, by Cindie Chan.