Welcome to the Dior Talks podcast series dedicated to the eighth edition of Dior Lady Art, hosted by Paris-based journalist Katya Foreman. For this highly-anticipated edition, 12 artists from around the world were invited to transform the iconic Lady Dior handbag into a unique work of art.
“Class at its highest standard” is how our latest guest, Ludovic Nkoth, describes the Lady Dior. The New York-based artist, who was born and raised in Cameroon and moved to the United States at 13, is known for his intimate, vibrant, densely impastoed portraits that explore themes including the Black experience, displacement, the idea of self, power and culture.
For Dior Lady Art, Ludovic Nkoth blends references to his “System” series with emblems evoking the history of Cameroon on striking black and white versions of the ‘Lady Dior.’ Like a secret gallery, the bags’ flaps open to reveal a lining bearing a grid of faces, while the iconic cannage quilting is dotted with red and black cowrie shells, which served as currency in pre-colonial Cameroon. Revealing a number of precious details borrowed from jewelry-making savoir-faire, small golden metal masks become charms on these captivating pieces that offer a window into his world.
Tune in to the episode to hear all about the stories and symbols behind the artist’s powerful Lady Dior creations.