Welcome to the Dior Talks podcast series themed around the seventh edition of Dior Lady Art and hosted by Paris-based journalist Katya Foreman. For this year’s event, 11 artists from around the world have participated in a game of metamorphosis by rendering the iconic Lady Dior handbag as a unique piece of art.
First approached to collaborate with Dior for the Art'N Dior exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art and Urban Planning in Shenzhen, Shanghai, in 2021, Wang Yuyang for this new intimate project revisiting the Lady Dior through his world explores his fascination with the moon.
Using medium, small and mini formats, the bags feature recreations of the moon and the lunar surface using an array of traditional techniques and tactile effects including embroidery and inlay.
His five creations include a black Lady Dior with a white moon motif masterfully recreating the look of the artist’s installation ‘Artificial Moon,’ here reinterpreting the moon’s cold white light using bead and sequin embroidery made by the Dior petites mains. Using a 3D printing technique, a pink bag, meanwhile, features a colourful surface evoking lunar craters, playing on the roughness and unevenness of leather. For the latter, Wang donned digital glasses that render the colours in black and white, creating a random colour palette that the artist himself only got to discover upon removing them.
Tune into the episode to hear more about his fascinating world.