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Dior's Lady Dior handbag: 3 facts about the iconic style beloved by Princess Diana

Dior's Lady Dior handbag: 3 facts about the iconic style beloved by Princess Diana

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Text: Ryan Sng


Dior's signature saddle bag is experiencing a full-blown revival, but its sophisticated sister, the Lady Dior, has been going strong since its introduction in 1995. If you've not yet awoken to her understated charms (what's wrong with you?), here are three facts about Lady that you may not have known.

1. THE LADY DIOR'S QUILTING PATTERN IS INSPIRED BY CANE WEAVING
Dior's salon was famously decorated with Napoleon III cannage (French for 'cane weaving') chairs. Popularised during the mid-19th century, unconventional and lightweight materials like cane and raffia marked a departure from the dense, solid-wood furnishings of previous eras. In much the same way that the open weave of cannage provided structure with lightness, so too did Christian Dior's couture creations refresh cumbersome historical proportions with breezy, contemporary flair.

2. PRINCESS DIANA WAS VERY, VERY ATTACHED TO HER LADY DIOR
The Lady Dior may not bear her first or last names, but make no mistake that Princess Diana was the public figure most powerfully associated with it; a simple black version reliably accessorised a rainbow of outfits during her public appearances.

3. THE LADY DIOR'S ALPHABET CHARMS DRAW FROM CHRISTIAN DIOR'S SUPERSTITIOUS BELIEFS
Like many mystically-minded creatives, the couturier surrounded himself with tokens and motifs charged with personal significance; bees, stars and lillies of the valley all formed part of this uniquely Dior lexicon. The Lady Dior takes the designer's last name as a symbol in itself, of an instantly-identifiable brand of refined womanliness.

Lady Dior fall/winter 2009

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