Dior Lady Art 2 Project: Limited Edition Lady Dior Bags by 10 Different Artists
25 October 2017

Dior Lady Art 2 Project: Limited Edition Lady Dior Bags by 10 Different Artists

Following the success of last year’s inaugural Lady Dior Art Project  which saw the Maison’s collaboration with a total of 7 American and British artists, the Dior Lady Art project is back, bigger and better than before! This year, the House invites 10 celebrated artists from all around the globe, of different ages and backgrounds, to put their creative genius into designing Limited Edition versions of the iconic Lady Dior bag from their very own perspectives. The artists were given total freedom in terms of the design, with the silhouette of the Lady Dior bag being their only boundary. Everything from the artists’ choice of fabric, charms, size, colour, handles, jewellery, and stitching, were made according to the artists’ specifications right down to a T, and were brought to life by the talented artisans at the Dior Atelier.

Now, let’s take a closer look at what these 10 artists came up with!

Lee Bul

It’s no surprise that this Korean artist was asked to collaborate on this project. After all, she is no stranger to the House of Dior, as her artworks are on display at Dior’s boutiques in Seoul, London, and Los Angeles. Her version of the Lady Dior bag I’m sure, would possibly resonate most with us, because after all, it does remind us of Dior’s most recent Spring/Summer 18 show space, with this shattered mirror effect that comes with white-silver handles and silver D-I-O-R charms. Each plexiglas mirror piece is joined together like a jigsaw, and guess what, it’s as complex as us trying to manually piece a shattered piece of glass back together because it took over 60 trials to get it right. Lee Bul‘s take on this Lady Dior functions as a sort of social commentary, perhaps of our culture of naval gazing and narcissism?

John Giorno

This American artist may be considered as a veteran in the art scene. A poet and performance artist, His contemporaries include Andy Warhol,  and his residence on the Bowery in Manhattan is also where Mark Rothko painted, and William S. Borroughs lived. For this project,  Giorno designed  2 Medium-sized Lady Dior bags with lines from his poetry. Both utilise a metallic rainbow backdrop, handles and shoulder strap with glossy finishing, with one saying “we gave a party for the gods and all the gods came”, and on the other, “you got to burn to shine”. One side of the bag has the translucent embossed lettering, and white on the other side because Giorno envisioned the wearer of his version of the Lady Dior to be a multifaceted being who is sometimes bold, and at times, shy.


Hong Hao

Beijing-based multimedia artist Hong Hao is best known for his scanned objects that have been organised according to form and colour. For this project, the artist has transferred his large-scale art, into a pair of limited edition Lady Dior bags. For the medium-sized Lady Dior is a reimagined map of the world, but instead, reversing the colours usually associated with maps, which is why his “map” utilises green to denote the sea, and blue, to denote the land.  He also changes the names of oceans and mountains and incorporates a layered stitching technique to allow one to physically feel the various altitudes of the different countries on his map.


On the other hand, Hong Hao’s small-sized Lady Dior, also a tribute to his scanned objects, has a totally different vibe altogether. This little beauty sports a multi-layered pop art effect made from sequins, and buttons of different colours and sizes that’s totally at home with the Maison’s more intricate embellished Lady Dior bags for evening, don’t you think?

Friedrich Kunath

Los Angeles-based German-born Friedrich Kunath takes inspiration from song lyrics, show titles, conceptual art, and German romanticism. The artist has translated his best-known work – a rainbow made of thick impasto oil paint stretching in front of an eerie watercolour landscape – and used it as inspiration to come up with a photographic image of a couple about to kiss. This medium-sized Lady Dior also comes with rainbow handles and the phrase “fuck it, I love you” stitched throughout the interior of the bag and written on the back of the cloud charm.

Jamilla Okubo

Born in 1993, Okubo, a recent Parsons graduate, is one of the youngest artists invited to participate in this project. Born in America, she is of Kenyan ancestry, it’s no wonder that her work focuses on cultural identity, black culture, and the redefinitions of the narratives surround the African diaspora. She has designed 3  bags for the Limited Edition collection: the 2 small Lady Diors are an amalgamation of Kenyan-style beadwork with Parisian-inspired crystals, while the medium-sized bag utilises Dior’s classic quilting technique as a background for flowers which are stitched in haute-couture style.


Namsa Leuba

This Swiss-Guinean artist uses photography as a way to interrogate Western perceptions of African identities, with particular attention paid to ceremonies and rituals, that are explored through several media such as art, fashion, and documentary film footage. With a focus on Ndebele culture, her medium-sized Lady Dior utilises a complex stitching technique in which mink, fine fabrics and pearls are sewn together, evoking a “hippie” vibe, which took over a total of 300 hours to create. 

Her other creation, a small-sized Lady Dior, utilised the traditional African textiles weaving technique. Both of her interpretations prioritise the concepts of texture and process, and of course, the melding of 2 very disparate cultures.

Betty Mariani

Also born in 1993, this French artist’s signature style feature her daily routines, family, and friends, through street-art and graffiti techniques. She typically utilises bonding, painting, and drawing techniques in her artwork. The medium-sized Lady Dior (one of my favourites!) is created with a colour-splatter technique with embroidery layered on top of the print, against the side profile of a female face. This dual-layer feel is to give the impression that many people have been part of this – a communal type of artwork, if you will.

Jack Pierson

No stranger to the worlds of fashion and art, this American artist is known for his erotically charged photography, word sculptures, and installations. In a constant search to express “the tragedy inherent in the pursuit of glamour”, both of his Lady Dior bags feature drawings he completed while in Paris. The medium-sized version has a swirly and web-like pattern that’s almost kaleidoscopic, with pops of neon orange and bespoke charms reminiscent of the Art Deco movement.

The small-sized wonder exudes that classic vibe with gold and silver threads, that form an almost leaf-like motif, making it a perfect evening bag. These 2 distinctly different bags is a testament to his versatility- the true hallmarks of a  mature artist. 

Spencer Sweeney

Musician, visual artist, club-owner, and jockey, Sweeney was a key player in New York’s art scene throughout the 1990s. Because he wears so many hats, it’s really hard to pinpoint his art to a certain signature style. His creations – perhaps the most extensive one out of all the artists in this project  – are translated onto a total of  4 Lady Dior bags! That said, they are all  hand-embroidered, and have a common theme: faces, handprints, and a gigantic eye.




David Wiseman

LA-based Wiseman constantly takes inspiration from nature, particularly flowers, leaves, and even glaciers, which he transforms into ceramics, installations, and incredibly detailed art. He is also no stranger to collaborating with the House of Dior – he once sculpted 500 handmade porcelain Lily-of-the-Valley blossoms for the ceiling of the Maison’s Shanghai flagship, and decorating the Tokyo and New York boutiques. His  medium-sized Lady Dior incorporates Dior’s signature Cannage quilting alongside a floral motif as well as a porcelain and brass Lily of the Valley charm created exclusively for this bag, thus demonstrating his respect for the Maison by paying tribute to the House codes.


The Large Lady Dior is my absolute favourite of the collection, and this is why I’ve saved this for last. Completely see-through this golden leather bag is entirely perforated (with such intricacies, I wouldn’t be surprised if it was entirely laser-cut)! Love love love!!

You know which my favourites are, now tell me which are yours??

Images courtesy of Dior