The Classic Lady Dior is a Staple in the Modern Woman’s Wardrobe
The Lady Dior was created in 1994 with the sole purpose of becoming a classic – and it succeeded, helped along by Princess Diana.
A source of endless inspiration, the Lady Dior is also a treasure trove of savoir-faire. Made in the House’s leatherworking ateliers, it is a distillation of Dior excellence. The hand of the artisan, and its medley of actions is indispensable.
Originally named ‘chouchou’ (French for ‘favourite’), it was given its current moniker as a tribute to the princess, who was known as Lady Diana Spencer before her marriage, in 1996 after she fell in love with it. She faithfully carried it for years.
The process of creating the Lady Dior starts in the selecting of the skin, which always follows the same ritual: touching, feeling, examining, observing, scrutinising. The perfection of the leather is significant.
Next, the realisation of the stitching must be flawlessly precise in order to achieve the graphic cannage pattern. And, finally, when the Lady Dior is assembled around a perfectly made-to-measure wooden form, it is once more the hand that shapes the leather and ensures its exacting architecture.
According to Christian Dior the specific architecture of the bag gives “an object d’art its unique character (…) the hand of man has a value that is irreplaceable, because it gives to everything it creates that which no machine can: poetry and life.”
Its key attributes are its ‘cannage’ topstitching, described as a network of lines stitched vertically and diagonally create a precise harmony from which cushions of quilted leather emerge like a scattering of shimmering, faceted diamonds.
With its playful D,I,O,R charms hanging from the top handle, topstitched with the iconic cannage motif and rounded handles, this classic bag is reimagined for today’s modern woman. To learn more about the classic Lady Dior, visit www.dior.com.