Just in time for Christmas shopping, the lady in your life will surely appreciate Lady Dior‘s history as an homage to Princess Diana.
Once upon a time, in September of 1995 to be precise, a very special Dior bag was gifted to Diana, Princess of Wales.
The bag was a gift from Bernadette Chirac, politician and now widow of the former president of France, President Jacques Chirac, during Princess Diana’s visit to the Cezanne exhibition at the Grand Palais in Paris.
Just a couple of months later, the bag became an instant celebrity worldwide. During a visit to a children’s home in Birmingham, the princess was photographed with the bag while holding a child in her arms. The Dior bag was then highly sought by women all around the world, after becoming associated with the princess who was then, hugely popular in the media.
In 1996, Dior officially received Princess Diana’s blessing to rename the bag to Lady Dior, the iconic christening we know and love today.
What makes the Lady Dior tick is its number of nods to Dior house codes: the padded stitched leather inspired by the Napoleon III chairs once used by Christian Dior to welcome his elegant customers on the day of his show in 1947, and lettered D.I.O.R on charm pendants.
Since its debut, the bag has been associated with many more admirable ladies as the face of Lady Dior, including Carla Bruni, Diane Kruger, Monica Belluci, and today, Marion Cotillard. In its latest campaign, the Lady Dior shares the stage with Jisoo of the Korean girl group, Blackpink.
The Lady Dior remains an icon constantly praised by the House of Dior. For its latest Cruise 2021 collection, the Lady Dior is reinvented with embroidered leather featuring nature motifs to tonal enamelled charms. Scroll through the latest designs ripe for the festive season:
(All images: Dior)