The Lady Dior bag, created in 1995, is an icon of the fashion world, with an instantly recognizable design and couture details that make it a timeless accessory. The bag gained its unique name in homage to Princess Diana, who chose to wear it on her arm on a visit to Paris (and on many more ocassions thereafter). More than two decades later, the Lady Dior has become a source of inspiration for artists from around the world and of diverse creative backgrounds.


Launched last year, The Dior Lady Art project invited British and American artists to create their own visions of the bag, giving rise to a collection of veritable works of art. Dior is now broadening its project to global scale this year, inviting 10 more artists—from painters and sculptors to photographers, street artists and even poets—to take free rein in creativity and imagination. 

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Here's a sneak peek at some of the re-invented Lady Diors from the project's soon-to-be-revealed second edition:


The Lady Dior bag featuring graffiti elements in feminine light by French artist Betty Mariani

dior_ladyart2_d.5e2d8110735.original.jpgOne of the two Lady Dior bags designed by David Wiseman, an American artist with an architectural edge

dior_ladyart2_f.cfe3c110932.original.jpgLos Angeles-based German artist Friedrich Kunath gives the Lady Dior bag a photographic finish showing a couple kissing

dior_ladyart2_j.0884c110315.original.jpgOne of the two Lady Dior bags designed by American poet and performance artist John Giorno

dior_ladyart2_l.000b1110045.original.jpgKorean sculptor Lee Bul designed this Lady Dior bag with a dozen little pieces of Plexiglas, evoking her vision of a shattered mirror. 

dior_ladyart2_n.93349111131.original.jpgNamsa Leuba's Lady Dior desgin reflects her African heritage, a consistent aesthetic in her body of work

 Artists Hong Hao, Jamilla Okubo, Jack Pierson and Spencer Sweeney have also designed unique Lady Dior handbags for this edition. The special collection will be first launched on November 30 at the Dior boutique on 57th in New York City. It will then makes its way to the House of Dior in Seoul on December 8 and the Dior store at China World Mall in Beijing the following day. 

The limited editions of the handbags will go on sale in 29 Dior boutiques worldwide beginning December 1. Prices range from $5,700 for a mini sized bag to $9,700 for a medium sized handbag. 

Additional editing and reporting by Mika Apichatsakol

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