The story begins in 1995, when Bernadette Chirac, then First Lady of France, presented Diana, Princess of Wales, with the latest creation from the house of Dior: a handbag. And so the Lady Dior was born.
In 2011, a debut exhibition organized in Shanghai gave carte blanche to international photographers and artists to provide their own take on the bag. The show contained some fifty pieces. Next, it was Beijing’s turn. Today, Lady Dior As Seen By is crossing the East China Sea to land in Tokyo, in time for the reopening of the Dior store in the city’s Ginza district.
The exhibition will remain open to the public from April 22 to May 20, in a location a stone’s throw away from the new, completely revamped spaces.
The artists Nan Goldin, Arnaud Pyvka, Bruce Weber, Patrick Demarchelier, Peter Lindbergh, our favourites Tim Gutt & Shona Heath, Koichiro Doi and many others, set it a story and photographed it. Others, such as Liu Jianhua, Olympia Scarry, Kohei Nawa, Daniel Arsham,…, have treated it as sculpture. And on the lower floor of the exhibition space, is the series of films in which the bag shares top billing with French actress Marion Cotillard in front of the cameras of David Lynch, Olivier Dahan, John Cameron Mitchell and Annie Leibovitz. The new show boasts over one-third more pieces than the original.
Another room is given over to the history of the bag and the house, with archival imagery projected on a screen whose round form alludes to the charms that hang from the handbag’s handles: the O of diOr.
After that show wraps, the Lady Dior As Seen By exhibition will forge ahead on its global tour. To be continued…
Lady Dior As Seen By
Until May 20th 2012
WAKO NAMIKI BUILDING
Open from 11am to 8pm
See the pieces