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The Lady Dior bag: from Paris with Love.


The Lady Dior has a timeless design and an incomparable style. Sophisticated but always in step with the times, with its top-stitched Cannage pattern and precious charms. In short, the very expression of French Chic, one of the most desired It-bag.


A True Love Story

Lady Dior’s history begins in Paris, on Avenue Montaigne, at number 30, in the same place where, in 1947, Monsieur Christian Dior, founded his historic fashion house.

This bag born in 1994 with the purpose to create an accessory that reflected the identity of the Maison Dior. It was immediately a revolutionary bag for its style and its elegance; for the reason that in the ’90s, backpacks, fanny packs and ethnic shoulder bags , they were the most chosen and most popular models . So, the Lady Dior immediately marked a breakthrough moment.

“ChouChou” was the original name of this model until, two year later, the house of Dior changes the name in Lady Dior, as an homage to Lady Diana Spencer. 

It was 1995, and the Princess of Wales was on official visit to France. The former First Lady of France, Bernardette Chirac, presented her wit this beautiful bag and Princess Diana fell in love with it immediatly. From that moment on, she took part in many official occasions with her bag in her hands and, with her blessing, the bag was renamed Lady Dior.

An elegant Mini Lady Dior.

Therefore any form of vanity, snobbism, arrogance, excess is forbidden! In other words, the Lady Dior must be worn with a sober dress and a veil of humility; that is the same virtue that her godmother dressed so naturally and elegantly.


The savoir-faire of the greatest craftpeople

First of all, each Lady Dior is meticulous crafted by hand. Everything starts with the manual cutting of leathers. One hunder and forty distinct pieces are necessary to make the bag. An artisanal creation, imbued with the Couture spirit of Dior.

The bag is quite rigid, slightly padded, squared -shaped, with a very clean shape and enhanced by the iconic Dior “Cannage” stitching. The Cannage pattern, formed by a diamond and square regular reticulate, is a charachteristic of the fashion house. It was inspired by the Napoleon III chairs used by Monsieur Dior in his first ever fashion show in 1947.


“Real luxury requires the best materials and the best craftsmanship.”

Christian Dior

The Lady Dior is currently available in 4 sizes:

  • MICRO
  • MINI/SMALL
  • REGULAR/MEDIUM
  • LARGE

Other features of the bags are the rigid top handles and the 4 metal charms embellishement, forming the word “Dior”. The Lady Dior comes in many leathers, including precious materials such as alligator,crocodile, python, lizard, calfskin and galuchat.


Love & Devotion

The most beautiful women of the jest-set have a Lady Dior in their wardrobe, including those that have gradced its campaigns. In 1996, Carla Bruni fronted the very first campaign. Monica Bellucci and Diane Kruger followed in her footsteps. After that, the Lady Dior is represented by Marion Cotillard, its muse since 2008.

Furthermore, several famous directors directed Marion Cotillard in Lady Dior bag short films, such as David Lynch, Olivier Dahan and Jonas Akerlund.
The final chapter of the Lady Dior saga was released in 2011, directed by John Cameron Mitchell and called “LA.dy Dior”. The movie, starring the its certified French Diva of course, is about a star doing a fashion photos shoot who’s been modelling for Dior’s handbag line for some time, and everything takes place in the Hollywood setting of Los Angeles. If you have a few minutes you can see it below:

In conclusion, the Lady Dior has never finished to fascinate women since its creation and, over the time it has become the reference point of the Maison Dior.

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