dior_ladyart2_b.43500110533.original.jpgThe Lady Dior bag by Betty Mariani

The Lady Dior bag -- created in 1995 -- is an icon of the fashion world, with an instantly recognizable design and couture details that make it a timeless accessory. The bag gained its unique name in homage to Princess Diana, who chose to wear it on her arm on a visit to Paris. More than two decades later, the Lady Dior has become a source of inspiration for 10 artists from around the world, all with diverse creative backgrounds.

The Dior Lady Art project launched last year when the Parisian brand invited British and American artists to create their own visions of the bag, giving rise to a collection of veritable works of art. Dior is broadening its project to global scale this year, inviting 10 artists -- sculptors, painters, photographers and street artists -- to take free rein in creativity and imagination.

From accessory to artwork

dior_ladyart2_d.5e2d8110735.original.jpgOne of the two Lady Dior bags designed by David Wiseman

dior_ladyart2_f.cfe3c110932.original.jpgThe Lady Dior bag designed by Friedrich Kunath

Architectural lines, charms spelling out "DIOR," and cane work reminiscent of the Napoléon III chairs on which guests sit at Christian Dior fashion shows notably inspired sculptor Lee Bul, who designed a medium-sized bag with a dozen little Plexiglas mirrors, like the shards of a larger broken mirror. 

dior_ladyart2_j.0884c110315.original.jpgOne of the two Lady Dior bags designed by John Giorno

Hong Hao designed two bags, one featuring a world map that revisits its colors and the names of oceans and mountain ranges, and one in a pop art style finished with unique materials. Artist Friedrich Kunath gives the Lady Dior bag a photographic finish showing a couple kissing, while Betty Mariani's bag is inspired by the world of graffiti, all in a sophisticated and feminine style.

dior_ladyart2_l.000b1110045.original.jpgThe Lady Dior bag by Lee Bul

dior_ladyart2_n.93349111131.original.jpgThe Lady Dior bag designed by Namsa Leuba

Jamilla Okubo, Jack Pierson, Spencer Sweeney, David Wiseman, Namsa Leuba and John Giorno have also designed unique creations, turning Dior's handbags into works of art. Creations from the Dior Lady Art project will be unveiled via several events organized by the Dior fashion house.