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:
Haruka Kojin, Japan
Born in Hiroshima in 1983, this Japanese artist considers the Lady Dior as a “space” to wear — an infinite space open to her imagination and insatiable curiosity. She was inspired by a bus journey and the impression of landscapes changing as a result of speed and motion. Drawing on her reflections and her captivating work around the concept of contact lenses, her two reinterpretations of the Lady Dior bag posses that same passion for sensation and perception — it’s just a matter of seeing, and art always reveals this truth which has an unfathomable mystery.