DIOR LADY ART
© Jason Martin
© Ian Davenportz
© Mat Collishaw
DIOR LADY ART
A new artistic collaboration
Architectural lines, metal charms that spell out the Dior name and the 'Cannage' motif inspired by the seats of the Napoleon III chairs on which Christian Dior sat his guests for his fashion shows...
The Lady Dior bag, created in 1995, embodies the House's contemporary elegance and naturally lends itself to every interpretation and artistic appropriation. To mark the opening of the House of Dior in London last June and for the Dior Lady Art project, the House invited the London sculptor, illustrator and painter Marc Quinn to share his vision of the iconic bag and small leather goods available in a limited edition in the store. Today, the story is continuing with six new British and American artists, who are revealing their creations in the Miami store, in a pop-up store in Los Angeles, then in London, China, Dubai and Paris. Through this collaboration, the House is pushing back the limits of its expertise to meet the artists' demands. This project gives complete carte blanche to these artists, who have transposed their world into Dior's leathermaking lexicon.
© Chris Martin
© Matthew Porter
© Daniel Gordon
Carte blanche to 7 contemporary artists
Jason Martin creates enormous monochrome tableaux that resemble sculptures, in which he plays with textures, shine and accumulations of pigment to create movement. For Dior, he has created curves on the Lady Dior bag and evening clutches that are almost two centimetres high in certain places and have been designed using a specific technique making it possible to work the leather, giving it a unique and sensual ripple effect. Jason Martin has affixed hundreds of matt and shiny sequins to evening clutch designs to also create depth and play with light and touch.
To create his works, Ian Davenport uses paint applied vertically with syringes on aluminium or stainless steel sheets. These colourful vertical stripes finally meet and this mixing gives rise to new shades and free and spontaneous movements. For Dior, the artist has chosen a sequence tailored to the silver-toned leather of Lady Dior, clutches and telephone cases. He was also inspired by a section of floor in his studio in London, scattered with differently coloured dots, which he printed on a scarf before using it as a lining for the inside of the bags. On another collection of the iconic bag and small leather goods, the coloured paint lines are disturbed by the House's iconic 'Cannage' motif and create unique shiny voluminous waves.
An artist producing photographs, installations and videos in turn, Mat Collishaw gives us a vision of nature that always offers a detailed perspective. His highly visual world is marked by themes such as life and sexuality. For Dior, he took his inspiration from one of his major works to create the ultra-high-definition impression on the glazed leather of Lady Dior bags and clutches and the silk of the scarves. Two butterflies – one sunshine yellow in colour and the other moonlight blue, with an almost realistic velvety texture and wings – are found, like a nod, on the charms that spell out the Dior name, sheathed in black velvet. In contrast, the bag and clutch linings are brightly coloured, sometimes in yellow, sometimes blue.
The London sculptor, illustrator and painter adopts his iconic still life oil paintings to add his signature to Dior creations. He has designed pieces revealing a floral print from his own work on the front and the same motif in reverse colours on the back. Violet, white or black orchids blossom against backgrounds of sand or volcanic soils to create an enchanting artificial atmosphere. The artist also offers a silver-toned leather Lady Dior decorated with flower petals worked in relief. Inspired by fresh flowers photographed in the studio, Marc Quinn assembles flora in original settings to arouse curiosity. On another piece, the bright iris blue of an eye captures our attention and becomes enthralling. He has also designed original clutches and wallets that match the Lady Dior bags to complete this limited-edition collection.
This photographer living in Brooklyn likes to work with the light that emanates at different times of day. He has long walked the streets of San Francisco and Los Angeles to immortalise dawns and dusks and capture the silhouettes that naturally appear in the city. From these photographs, he has created montages, adding small-size models of cars to them, as if suspended in space. For Dior, he has reproduced one of these scenes on one side of the Lady Dior, clutches and bracelets. Crafted using marquetry, the elements are assembled one by one to recompose a glazed calfskin image with velvet details. On the other side of the bag, he took his inspiration from cars and the art of camouflage to create this graphic black and white motif. To complement the charms, he has created a red car, which is also available as a key ring.
This artist works with colour and explores the art of combining and blending it. He creates compositions, crafting collages himself and creating prints. For Dior, he has reinterpreted the iconic 'Cannage' motif, redesigning its graphic lines to make them more spontaneous, almost naive. Lady Dior bags and evening clutches are crafted in black and white mink and all the fur insets have been joined one by one by hand using the inlay technique. To add a touch of colour to these creations, he revisited the charms that spell out the Dior name, adding brightly coloured leather discs in different sizes and motifs.
This Brooklyn-based artist works on depth, form and colour. For his collaboration with Dior, he took the design of the frog from one of his major works entitled Frog 1, which he adapted to create a print applied to a small Lady Dior, as well as a series of small leather goods and accessories, such as a card holder and scarf. His work is also characterised by the theme of abstraction, which he has illustrated through two other Lady Dior series, as well as on clutches, scarves and stoles. He has taken part of his chameleon work, composed of abstract lines of sequins, which he has tailored to Dior creations. He also took his inspiration from his work Paleocene sunset, in which we find inlays of historic figures, like hidden scenes to be discovered.
DIOR LADY ART
Dior Lady Art creations are available in the following Dior stores:
MIAMI, FROM 29TH NOVEMBER
Dior, Miami Design District
162 NE 39TH St
Miami, FL, 33137
LONDON, FROM 1ST DECEMBER
160-162 New Bond St
London W1S 2UE
LOS ANGELES, FROM 6TH DECEMBER
201 North Rodeo Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
DUBAÏ, FROM 8TH DECEMBER
Mall of the Emirates
Sheikh Zayed Road, Interchange 4, Al Barsha, 72999 Dubai
PARIS, BEIJING, SEOUL, FROM 10TH DECEMBER
30 Avenue Montaigne
l119, China World
no.1 Jian Guo Men Wai Avenue
House of Dior