These artists are placing their stamp on the ‘Woman Dior’ purse

by Editors Staff

The ‘Woman Dior’ purse – a miniature model in Dior’s signature cannage quilting, designed to be held within the hand – stays one of many home’s most memorable equipment, largely on account of its patronage by Princess Diana who was first gifted the design in 1995 by then-French First Woman Bernadette Chirac. In numerous iterations and hues, she wore the Woman Dior quite a few instances within the years that adopted, together with to attend the Met Gala in 1996. It has been synonymous with French savoir-faire and magnificence ever since – ‘a timeless icon, perpetually reinvented’, as the home describes.

Its newest reinvention lies within the fingers of 11 worldwide artists – hailing from Egypt to america, Qatar to China – who’ve every put their distinct stamp on the model as a part of the seventh version of Dior Woman Artwork. Inaugurated in 2016, the continuing venture has seen quite a few art-world luminaries reinterpret the model with vivid prints, textural particulars, or intricate embroideries, from Marc Quinn and Mickalene Thomas to Judy Chicago and John Giorno. The ensuing designs are half collector’s merchandise, half sculptural object, although stay supposed for Woman Dior’s unique use – to be carried as a purse. 

Dior Woman Artwork: 11 artists reimagine the Woman Dior purse

An artisan works on artist Wang Yuyang’s design for the seventh Dior Woman Artwork

(Picture credit score: Images by Andrea Cenetiempo, courtesy of Dior)

This 12 months’s individuals embrace Ghada Amer (Egypt), Brian Calvin (United States), Sara Cwynar (Canada), Alex Gardner (United States), Shara Hughes (United States), Dorothy Iannone (United States), Minjung Kim (South Korea), Zhenya Machneva (Russia), Bouthayna Al Muftah (Qatar), Françoise Pétrovitch (France) and Wang Yuyang (China). ‘A gathering between Dior and the cultures of the world,’ say Dior of this newest chapter, with every artist given ‘carte blanche’ to rework the unique design as they want. ‘A tribute to singularity and savoir-faire… a celebration of jouy and freedom.’

As such, every of the 11 designs gives a definite riff on the unique Woman Dior bag – from Hughes’ ‘miniature cupboard of curiosities’ (the cannage is adorned with numerous photos gathered from the web, reimagined in prints and embroidery) to Gardner’s transposition of one among his work onto the bag, made three-dimensional with using figurative stitching throughout the quilted exterior. Others utilise the savoir-faire of the Dior atelier to create numerous results throughout the designs – delicate muslin flowers, hand-embroidered chiffon evocative of pages of a manuscript, or patchworks of stones and sequins – which regularly draw inspiration from the artists’ earlier works. Contained in the bag, Dior guarantees ‘poetic surprises’. 

Person working on a Lady Dior bag design

Bouthayna Al Muftah’s design for the seventh Dior Woman Artwork

(Picture credit score: Images by Marion Berrin, courtesy of Dior)

The varied designs will launch globally this month (January 2023) in chosen shops and on-line, following teasers in the course of the ‘Artwork ‘N Dior’ exhibition at Shanghai’s West Bund Artwork & Design in November 2022 and a pre-launch occasion in Miami throughout Artwork Basel Miami Seashore. The worldwide launch is accompanied by a particular podcast collection ‘Dior Talks: Dior Woman Artwork’ hosted by Paris-based journalist Katya Foreman, during which the artists talk about their wider physique of labor and ’the sport of metamorphosis’ of redesigning the Woman Dior.

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