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.
Bridging heritage and reinvention, New York-based Jeffrey Gibson dreams up multicolored works fusing traditional Native American craft techniques with a bold, almost psychedelic Pop aesthetic.
Influenced by his peripatetic childhood, the multimedia artist curates a mash-up of aesthetic references, ranging from queer aesthetics to fashion, while exploring the power of the spoken word through phrases that resonate with his world, celebrating the forgotten and the marginalized through the prism of art.
Adorned with patterned beadwork, partly inspired by the artist’s iconic punching bag series, and tagged with the phrase “I can do whatever I choose,” the Lady Dior takes on an object sculpturalness. Working with Dior’s petites-mains, Gibson used a mix of glass and beadwork of varying sizes to achieve different textures, offset with fluorescent neoprene and netting, while the handles are covered in rhinestones that give a Sixties vibe.
A second small-format version of the iconic bag is embroidered with a face, the artist’s emblem, with a stone for a nose, a 3D-printed shell mouth, and beaded eyes using elements from West Africa. The “D.I.O.R.” charms metamorphose into giant pixels, materializing the link between past and present.
An extension of his artistic universe, the Lady Dior in Gibson’s hands transforms into a multicolored totem for exploring the cultural realities of modern life, in a masterful mélange of narratives and references.
Tune in to the episode for a deep dive into his universe.