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:
Li Shurui, China
The movement and radiance of light is the primary inspiration of the Chinese artist with the elements of nature, water and air are among her essential muses. The use of light and space at different times and in different cultures, reveals the desires, needs and state of mind of individuals. For this collaboration, Li Shurui celebrates that which “can only come from the hand of man and with time”, the nobility of savoir-faire specific to craft and the time spent making these unique creations. Her work reflects the contrasting relations between this removed time and that of the digital “flow” of post-industrial society.