Welcome to the Dior Talks series themed around the sixth edition of Dior Lady Art and hosted by Paris-based journalist Katya Foreman. For this year’s event, 12 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.
Japan’s Daisuke Ohba for his creations researched Monsieur Dior's life, birthplace and upbringing, seeking thematic similarities with his own universe. References range from nature, toys and gadgets from the artist’s childhood to portable electronic games from the ‘90s.
The artist’s singular signature asserts itself through hypnotic illusions, created using pearlescent paint and pigments with holographic effects. His textured paintings feature iridescent reflections and moving colors that shift depending on the light and the viewer's position.
Adorned with a disc engraved with grooves, Obah’s M bag features holographic pigments that change into iridescent colors when light shines on them, creating a fluid geometric form of glow and color recalling the moon. A digital charm allows the viewer to observe the painting with different lighting; an invitation to interact with the iconic bag.
Meanwhile MAY stands out for its arcing lines created with whirling spinning tops, offset by droplets of paint recalling shooting stars or plant vines.
Adorned with pearlescent pigments, two other models inspired by his work SPECTRUM resemble an imperfect checkerboard pattern, evoking a Japanese garden or waves. The first, in embossed leather, is a near-perfect reproduction of the expression and rich colors of its brushstrokes, while the second, in knit embroidered with shiny threads and glass beads, reflects the House’s couture savoir-faire.
Accompanying them is an elliptic snowdome in which a Dior ship poetically sails – extending the homage to the landscapes of Monsieur Dior’s childhood in Normandy.
Tune in to the episode to hear all about Ohba’s otherworldly artistic universe and how he interpreted it for Dior Lady Art.