Extraordinary Lady Dior Bags

The house of Dior asked seven artists to use as a canvas for their creative visions as part of the limited-edition Dior Lady Art collection, launching Nov. 29 in Miami during Art Basel.

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Mat Collishaw, Ian Davenport, Daniel Gordon, Chris Martin, Jason Martin, Matthew Porter and Marc Quinn — all British or American — were invited by Dior to design versions of the classic top-handle Lady Dior style based on their work. The project actually began in June with Quinn, who created a limited-edition run of bags for the opening of the brand’s Bond Street store in London.

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The result is a bold, visually distinctive collection of handbags and accessories (evening clutches, key chains, scarves, bracelets and some smaller leather goods in addition to the top-handle) that take the Lady Dior, with its understated architectural shape and classic cannage motif inspired by the Napoleon III chairs that Monsieur Dior used for his shows, out of its refined comfort zone.

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Prices range from $360 for a card holder to $11,500 for a mink bag, with most bags priced between $3,500 and $6,000. With a maximum of 100 of each style being produced, the bags are basically collectors’ items.

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