The story goes like this: A bag crafted from the supplest of leathers and stitched to emulate Napoleon III chairs, designer by former Dior creative director Gianfranco Ferré, was gifted to Diana, Princess of Wales, by ex-French first lady Bernadette Chirac in 1995. It wasn't until 1996 that the bag was named Lady Dior, in homage to Princess Diana's irreverent style.
This icon has continued to reinvent itself season after season, year after year. However, this 2019 marks the first time 11 female artists of different generations and nationalities have been chosen to reinterpret the Lady Dior bag, and champions unconventional femininity with the most unexpected of savoir-faire.
Meet the talented collaborators behind the project:
Burçak Bingöl , Turkey
Her works explore notions of belonging, cultural heritage, identity, decoration and failure by blurring the boundaries between these seemingly distinct notions. The Turkish artist uses the floral vocabulary of 16th century Iznik Ceramics, typical Turkish faience decorates revisited as fluorescence, with a tufted effect. For the mini version of Lady Dior Art bag, Burçak takes the traditional blue and white Ottomoan colours and motifs, themselves inspired by Chinese porcelain that came along the Silk Road.