After continuing to gain momentum since launching in 2016, the latest Dior Lady Art project marks the fourth time that the house of Christian Dior has worked with creatives from around the world to inject their universes into that of the luxury label’s.
“[For my creation], the idea was to make the person who holds the bag have a similar experience to holding a bouquet of flowers,” explains South Korean artist Jia Lee, whose painterly blooms reference her impressionist influences—as well as monsieur Dior’s fascination with nature. The house founder dreamed of becoming an architect before his alternate destiny as one of the world’s most influential fashion designers became reality. This note in history inspired the geometric lines on the luxury carryall by Eduardo Terrazas, an architect-turned-artist based out of Mexico. Meanwhile, South African creative Athi-Patra Ruga channelled the couturier’s spirit of savoir faire and “interpreted the sculptural quality of my work into something wearable” with his royal-blue Lady Dior design featuring opulently embroidered pearls and crystals.
With all eleven of the creatives tapped to use the accessory as a medium for artistic expression applying this kind of conceptual framework, it’s little wonder that the world’s bag connoisseurs are eager to get their hands on the resulting mini masterpieces. And that’s before you begin to factor in the functional and fashionable benefits of owning a Dior carryall. What else delivers that kind of return on investment?
Christian Dior's 'Dior Lady Art' project will be available in-store at the Sydney Castlereagh Street boutique from January 8. 65 Castlereagh Street, Sydney, (02)-9229 4600.
Photographed by: Philip Le Masurier
Styled by: Katherine Green
CLOCKWISE FROM TOP: Christian Dior Mini Lady Dior Art by Athi-Patra Ruga leather, pearl, glitter, crystal, satin and metal bag, $18,500, Mini Lady Dior Art by Eduardo Terrazas leather, wood, resin and metal bag, $13,000, and Lady Dior Art by Jia Lee leather, organza, glass and metal bag, $11,000; 02-9229 4600