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3 Reasons why the bags from the third Dior Lady Art project are must-haves

3 Reasons why the bags from the third Dior Lady Art project are must-haves

Ladies, unite

Text: Joan Kong


Image: Dior

The iconic Dior carrier is more than just a bag

Since its inception, the Dior Lady Art project has been all about championing one of the Maison's most classic bag through different artist collaborations. Design maestros of different origins and generations internationally are invited to reinvent the piece by giving their own interpretation, resulting in one-of-a-kind designs that both bag and art lovers can't seem to get enough of. It's truly a work of art, and we've got all the reasons why this year's collection is one worth getting.   

 

1.     Remember the "Why have there been no great women artists" slogan T-shirt from Dior's Spring 2018 show? As per creative director Maria Grazia Chiuri's request, all eleven artists who were tapped for the third edition of the project this year are all women. They are Olga de Amaral from Colombia; Polly Apfelbaum from USA; Burçak Bingöl from Turkey; Lee Bul from Korea; Isabelle Cornaro from France; Haruka Kojin from Japan; Li Shurui from China; Mickalene Thomas from USA; Janaina Tschäpe from USA; Morgane Tschiember from France; and Pae White from USA. Although the silhouette remains the same, all of them were given the total freedom to reimagine the exterior of the Lady Dior bags, which leads to our second point.  

 

2.     From fabrics and materials, to colours and charms, and embroideries and appliqués, when it comes to the designs, there's no doubt that they're a standout. If you're a fan of all things metallic, Olga de Amaral—whose known for her artwork using gold and silver leaf—had 24-Carat gold leaf hand laid on the bags, alongside two mini versions with bugle bead embroidered all over. For that added texture, opt for the bag that was inspired by nature, with green moss embroidered by hand on silk threads, or the blue-and-white faux fur piece that was inspired by Chinese porcelain, with handles made of Plexiglas—by Turkish artist Burçak Bingöl, which is one of our favourites. Some of the more eye-catching pieces go to the work of Morgane Tschiember, who drew inspiration from the Japanese culture. Echoing the art by the samurai, ropes were used to bind the leather carriers, and accented with ruthenium and coppery gold charms. All in all, regardless of their designs, they'll warrant a double-take, for sure. 

Below, all the designs from the collection:

 

3.     The Dior Lady Art #3 collection will only be sold in 23 stores worldwide, but here's a piece of good news: for the first time ever, the Dior Starhill boutique is one of the chosen ones to host the bags. The limited edition pieces will be available in-store from January 10th onwards. What are you waiting for? 

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