THE DIOR LADY

From Princess Diana to today: The history of the iconic Lady Dior bag


Princess Diana was the first to adopt it. In 1995, the Lady Dior bag was born, almost immediately writing itself in the history of fashion. We’re taking a closer look at the legacy of the iconic bag, from its first appearance, to the modern day.

Decades after its conception, the Lady Dior bag remains one of Dior’s perennial designs, making its first appearance in 1995. A signature piece of the French fashion house and a knowing nod to its founding couturier, it was after being worn by Princess Diana that the bag gained the momentum that would pull it through the decades, forging its place in the fashion scene today.

It was in 24 years ago iconic bag appeared on the arm of Princess Diana in Paris. In her honor it was baptized the Lady Dior bag, a symbolic gift offered by the first lady of France during the opening of a Cézanne exhibition.

A testament to the exceptional savoir-faire at the Dior ateliers, the Lady Dior bag is a continuation of Christian Dior’s legacy, each element meticulously crafted, keeping in tune with the house’s heritage. The metallic charms that fall from the strap are inspired by the lucky charms that he so loved, and its signature quilting is a nod to Napoleon III’s chairs on which guests at the Dior runway shows would sit: a thread of history runs through each of the couturiers collections.

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