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Arty Types And Collectors, These Limited Edition Lady Dior Bags Are For You

For the first time since launching the annual Dior Lady Art project in 2016, the French maison gets an all-female cast of artists to reinterpret its signature tote, the Lady Dior. Here's how some of them reimagined this iconic bag.

Lee Bul

Who: A celebrated Seoul-based artist known for her daring, futuristic installations with a provocative and political stance. Think an exhibition featuring the stench of rotting fish, a figure of a dead Korean president frozen in a block of ice, and a gigantic Plexiglas Batcave.

Her take: All three models have been made to appear as if they were born from nature — an M-sized bag stitched with green tie-dyed cotton and silk for a 3D moss effect, a mini one embroidered with textured beads for a similar verdant finish, and a size M that’s swathed in fabric treated to look like stone.

Olga De Amaral

Who: An important figure in the post-war Latin American Abstraction movement, this Colombian artist is feted for her imaginative installations and tactile tapestries. Inspired by ancient pre-Colombian textiles and gilded Catholic relics, her large-scale works — mostly made with fibreglass — come to life with paint and indigenous fibres swathed in luminous gold leaf.

Her take: All four styles reflect her ornate aesthetic. Two — in M — are bedecked in hand-folded strips of cotton pieces doused in 24K yellow gold. The other two — mini bags in gold or silver goatskin — are decorated in exquisite embroidery featuring metallised beads and hand-hammered metal charms.

Burcak Bingol

Who: A Turkish-born ceramics guru whose works have been displayed at the world’s top galleries, including The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Her preoccupation with examining the concepts of belonging, cultural heritage, failure and ornamentation sees her making over gnarled, contorted earthenware with delicate floral paintings.

Her take: A dark brown patent leather version – available in both regular and mini sizes – gets a surreal jolt of colour with fluorescent floral embroidery boasting a tufted effect. Meanwhile, another Mini Lady Dior is a whimsical mix of modern and classic with white faux fur, blue and metallic embroidery (blooms, of course) and see-through handles.

Morgane Tschiember

Who: A Parisian who explores the relationship between “materials, physics and metaphysics” by working with sculptures to create experimental and performative art. One of her most acclaimed pieces is 2013’s Shibari series in which she suspended ceramics in the air using ancient Japanese rope-bondage techniques.

Her take on the Lady Dior: What else but to bind rope all over two lambskin totes with the brand’s iconic – and tactile – Cannage print so tightly, they take on a sensual, almost womanly shape? The cord knotted around the blush-coloured M-sized number is made of linen, while the one around the black mini version is made of rose gold metal.

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