The classic Lady Dior bag is having a moment right now, and we are absolutely living for it. Not only were the luxury handbags recently reimagined for the brand’s own Cruise 2018 collection, but now Dior called upon ten international contemporary artists to put their own fresh spin on them. For the second year in a row, the label is hosting the “Lady Dior Art” project, and exhibiting the resulting creations at its exclusive events.
“The Lady Dior bag was born in the Dior workshops in 1995, and became famous when Princess Diana acquired this unique accessory on a visit to Paris,” the designer shared on their website. “Architectural lines, metal Charms that spell out the Dior name and the ‘cannage’ motif inspired by the seats of the Napoleon III chairs on which Christian Dior seated his guests at his fashion shows…The Lady Dior bag embodies the contemporary elegance of Dior.”
“If the Lady Dior bag is timeless and highlights the modernity of Dior, it also elicits artistic reinterpretation,” the brand continued. “Last year, Dior invited British and American artists to unveil their vision of the bag in limited editions. This year, on the heels of the success of the Dior Lady Art project, Dior called on ten artists of different origins and generations from all over the world to reinvent the handbag.”
Though this year’s project is even bigger, artists were given the same complete control of their work. “Once again, the House of Dior gave the artists carte blanche to faithfully transpose their creative concepts into the medium of leatherwork,” Dior stated. “Everything, from the fabric to the Charms, the size, color, decoration [and] handles was adapted according to the desires and inspirations of the artists, who gave free rein to their imagination.”
In addition to highlighting the imaginative works of creators from around the world, Dior is also featuring captivating interviews with the talent making these bags happen. It is incredibly inspiring to see how the each artist took the same design prompt into vastly different directions.