© David Wiseman / Mark Peckmezian for Dior
Following the success of the Dior Lady Art project initiated in 2016 with Marc Quinn, Maison Dior has again given carte blanche to ten international contemporary artists to revisit the iconic Lady Dior bag. Lee Bul, John Giorno, Hong Hao, Jack Pierson, Friedrich Kunath, Namsa Leuba, Betty Mariani, Jamilla Okubo, Spencer Sweeney and David Wiseman were invited to unveil their personal vision of the timeless bag and transpose their creativity to the medium of leather craftsmanship.
Instantly recognizable with its architectural lines, metallic charms that spell out “Dior” and signature cannage motif, the Lady Dior bag was born in Dior’s ateliers in 1995. The bag’s timeless elegance both underscores the modernity of the Maison and invites artistic reinterpretation. After Marc Quinn, Jason Martin, Ian Davenport and Chris Martin last year, Dior asked ten new international contemporary to re-envision the Lady Dior bag this year.
These latest creations include a striking interpretation by South Korean artist Lee Bul, whose bag is covered with a dozen tiny mirrors slanted in different directions, making the whole bag appear to be one big shattered mirror. Swiss-Guinean artist Namsa Leuba imagined a complex stitching technique in which mink, fine fabrics and pearls are sewn together like puzzle pieces.
David Wiseman proposes one version that reprises the traditional couture quilting technique, adding a floral motif, and another completely transparent bag made of perforated leather, expressing the artist’s passion for creative perfection.
With a focus on complex production techniques, materials and a blending of cultures, this series takes Dior savoir-faire to new heights, rethinking all the elements that comprise the bag to execute the artists’ inspirations.