11 female artists from around the world give Dior Lady bag a new spin

Reta Lee
Editor-in-Chief, Lifestyle
Dior Lady bag reimagined by Haruka Kojin. (Photo: Dior)

The Dior Lady bag came to the spotlight in 1995 when the First Lady of France gifted it to the late Princess Diana, during the opening of the Cezanne exhibition of Paris, much to the world’s delight. Fans are drawn to the bag’s iconic quilted motif, with gold-key charms hanging from its arched handles, as a tribute to Christian Dior’s passion for lucky charms. Today, the Dior Lady bag returns with a third exhibition dedicated to its craftmanship, with Creative Director Maria Grazia Chiuri, inviting 11 female artists around the world to reinvent the bag. The results? Exceptional works of art by artists from Colombia, Turkey, South Korea, China, United States, France and Japan as they push the envelope and incorporated local nuances and elements from their culture.



The third exhibition was showcased at Dior’s store at Ion Orchard, Singapore where artists Olga de Amaral (Colombia), Polly Apfelbaum (USA), Burçak Bingöl (Turkey), Lee Bul (Korea), Isabelle Cornaro (France), Haruka Kojin (Japan), Li Shurui (China), Mickalene Thomas (USA), Janaina Tschäpe (USA), Morgane Tschiember (France) and Pae White (USA), displayed their creations. The highlights from the exhibition included Lee Bul’s nature-inspired moss bag embroidered with green sequins to wood-panelled effect fabric on another. There was also Li Shurui’s holographic bag that sparkled to Pae White’s oil-effect bag.

Here’s a peek of the bags exhibited, which are also on sale.


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Dior Lady Art bag reimagined by Polly Apfelbaum. (Photo: Dior)
Dior Lady Bag reimagined by Lee Bul. (Photo: Dior)
Dior Lady Art Bag reimagined by Olga de Amaral. (Photo: Dior)
Dior Lady Art Bag reimagined by Olga de Amaral. (Photo: Dior)
Dior Lady Art Bag reimagined by Mickalene Thomas. (Photo: Dior)
Dior Lady Art Bag reimagined by Morgane Tschiember. (Photo: Dior)
Dior Lady Art bag reimagined by Isabelle Cornaro. (Photo: Dior)
Dior Lady Art Bag reimagined by Janaina Tschäpe. (Photo: Dior)