Like numerous fashion trends and It bags, the Lady Dior’s rise to timeless icon in the mainstream has something to do with Princess Diana. First released in 1995, it became a fast favourite of the ’90s style icon and trendsetter, which prompted the house to rename the bag after Lady Di. More than two decades — and many iterations ranging seasonal special editions to artist collabs — later, its enduring appeal is seen in its fan base that ranges first-time It bag owners to avid collectors, and the instantly recognisable cannage pattern quilting (inspired by chairs Christian Dior himself favoured) sets it apart more than ever in today’s endless supply of It bags.
So if you’ve got one on the crook of your arm everyday or tucked in a dust bag for safekeeping in your closet, it doesn’t hurt to witness how a Lady Dior bag takes shape in the house’s ateliers — transforming from expansive pieces of leather to the full, hand-assembled glory you see in Dior boutiques. Hit play above.