The Lady Dior seen by Soo Sunny Park:The Making Of | DIORMAG

04 May
latest news

Direct From Backstage

The Diorshow range has been reinvented to structure the eyes using the latest techniques developed by the makeup artists backstage at the shows.

Backstage at the shows is the place where Dior makeup is born.  Developed to set off the couture creations, the textures and colors that enhance the beauty of the eyes lend the final touch to the looks on the runway. It's a level of know-how that has inspired the House's makeup from the start, in particular the Diorshow line, "inseparable from the spirit of the Dior backstage scene", according to Peter Philips, Creative and Image Director of Dior Makeup. The new arrivals in the range pair professional performance with simplified application to create eyes like no other. The Diorshow Maximizer 3D mascara base increases the effect of the lashes while Diorshow Mono eyeshadows enhance the eyelids with a broad spectrum of color. 

15 April
events

Dior in San Francisco seen by Ignasi Monreal: the House’s new address.

19 March
events

The Lady Dior seen by Soo Sunny Park:

The Making Of

Invited to participate in the exhibition Lady Dior As Seen By currently running at the House of Dior boutique in Seoul, the Korean artist Soo Sunny Park revisits the enigmatic bag's cannage motif to striking effect. Photo reportage in his studio.   

Lady Dior As Seen By Making Of Soo Sunny Park
Lady Dior As Seen By Making Of Soo Sunny Park
Lady Dior As Seen By Making Of Soo Sunny Park
Lady Dior As Seen By Making Of Soo Sunny Park
Lady Dior As Seen By Making Of Soo Sunny Park
Lady Dior As Seen By Making Of Soo Sunny Park
08 March
Shows

Backstage

They find time to let off steam between two makeup retouch sessions, reading the show's press dossier with a jokingly stoic air, dancing in the dresses they're going to be revealing in the show, trying on a pair of Diorsplit glasses amid fits of laughter. Step into the fun and excitement of the backstage world of the models at last Friday's show.

06 March
Savoir Faire

Savoir-faire of the bag from the show

You’ve just discovered it in the House’s ready-to-wear show for autumn-winter 2016-2017. Now it’s your chance to discover all about the making of this new bag near Florence, Italy, at the center of a region where leatherworking has a history rooted in passion. 

A few kilometers outside Florence is the location where our bag is made by hand according to artisanal techniques particular to the savoir-faire inherent in leatherworking, such as the manual production of the handles and the assembly of the bag around a wooden form.
After selecting the skin, the artisan cuts out the pattern pieces corresponding to the different elements of the bag. The next step is the cannage, the graphic grid derived from the motif of the Napoleon III style of wicker chair chosen by Christian Dior to seat his guests at the fashion shows presented in the salons at 30 Avenue Montaigne. Next is the assembly. The artisan starts with the handles, which have been specially developed to fold by following the shape of the bag and offer the maximum comfort thanks to their cork base. He glues the leather to the two handles, then trims the sides of the skin to fold down the edges, using a tool with a pointed tip to precision place the leather and accentuate the curve of the handles. Finally, he lightly taps the construction with a round-headed hammer and makes the holes for the stitching by hand.

The bag is then assembled around a wooden form shaped to its exact measurements. This is a very delicate step because it’s here that all the lines of cannage have to properly line up and meet perfectly on the three parts of the bag. First, the sides are reinforced with a strip of leather as their junction with the body of the bag marks the point of greatest stress. Then the metal pieces are added to hold together and embellish the bag: the eyelets, the feet, the strap attachments, and the charms spelling out the Dior name in gilt brass. As the bag moves, the four letters reveal the “Christian Dior” embossed with a gold ribbon on a circle of leather.

All told, it will have taken some one hundred and fifteen elements to create this bag presented for the first time Friday afternoon. 

06 March
Shows

The bag of the show

This new bag distills the very essence of the House spirit – in its sophistication, its elegance and its presence.  

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Morgan O'Donovan

19 February
latest news

Backstage Pros

Inspired by the expertise of the makeup artists working backstage at the Dior shows, the Backstage Pros range offers immediate beauty solutions. When it comes to lips, Dior Addict Lip Glow enhances their natural color, while Dior Addict Lip Maximizer hydrates and plumps them up instantly.

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