During my trip to Seoul earlier this month, I stopped by at the House of Dior in the prestigious Cheongdam-dong, Gangnam-gu district. The next post will be on the House of Dior itself, but I thought this exhibition would be the perfect introduction to the impressive six-story establishment. The exhibition level occupies the entire fourth level at the House of Dior and the current exhibition showcases the Lady Dior and its history.
The Lady Dior was born in 1995 and has since then become an iconic bag of the House of Dior. The first bag was appropriately presented to the first lady of France as a gift to Lady Diana, Princess of Wales, in Paris. With a title and style so alike to the House of Dior, the Princess fell in love with the design and was never seen without the iconic accessory. Word has it she ordered one of every version.
The bag is recognisable through its woven 'cannage' design as once found on the classic Napoleon III chairs. Its unique design has inspired artists to incorporate their own designs into a Lady Dior artwork piece. Artists use an original Lady Dior bag as a model and take their own freestyle approach to it. Materials such as plastic, glass, clay and ceramic were picked from various artists, before using moulds to put together their desired product.
The 'Lady Dior As Seen By' exhibition has travelled to Hong Kong, Milan, Tokyo and São Paulo. The exhibition itself isn't exactly new, but new artworks are updated to keep the exhibition fresh. A highlight that formed the covers of the exhibition in Korea is the latest work of sculpture artist Ran Hwang, the Eternal Muse, where she used a combination of red buttons, pins to transform the bag into a cherry blossom tree.
To be continued... #tbc