Marc Quinn designs for Lady Dior


Fashion house Dior has opened the doors of its new Peter Marino-designed boutique on London’s famous New Bond Street. The spectacular stone interior; so unmistakably Dior, is cushioned with silk carpets and the neo-Louis XVI style furniture, which echoes the spirit of a Parisian hôtel particulier. Housing women's ready-to-wear and accessories, alongside jewelry, timepieces, Baby Dior, Dior Homme, and childrens clothes, The House of Dior also offers three private salons for VIP clients, as well as a perfume area in which exclusive creations and the Collection Privée Christian Dior can be found.


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To celebrate the opening, leading contemporary artist Marc Quinn was invited to reimagine the iconic Lady Dior bag – amongst other small leather accessories – turning them into limited edition works of art...swoon! Lady Dior was born of a desire to create a bag with a strong identity - something instantly recognizable. Initially known as "Chouchou" ("Favorite"), it was renamed as a tribute to Princess Diana who fell in love with it on a trip to Paris.


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Quinn’s designs incorporate motifs from his hyper-realistic original oil paintings, including the dramatically coloured In The Night Garden, whose beauty belies a sinister subtext: the relentless human desire to control nature; and Fossil Record, which features a stunning orchid flower relief embossed onto silver leather.


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Another depicts We Share Our Chemistry With The Stars, these iris paintings reflect that the visual sense dominates our perception of the world, the artist observes: ‘the etymology of 'iris' is derived from the Greek word for 'rainbow', and in the colours…there is a kind of celebration of individuality.’


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The ultimate accessory updated; Mark Quinn brings some serious sass to Lady Dior, making these limited edition, leather artworks “chouchou” once more!