I transformed the hand-bag into a portable lamp incorporating a glass volume based on my Module A wall lamp. Given the iconic honeycomb pattern of the bag it made sense including a small glass bee in the glass volume"
From the exhibition catalogue
Christian Dior the couturier and Christian Dior the perfumer are a secret to no one. but what about Christian Dior the aesthete, the collector and even the gallery owner? For it is a lesser known fact that before opening his couture house in 1947 and becoming the famous name we all know, Christian Dior was also keenly involved in the art world. The portrait of Dior by Bernard Buffet, which can be admired in the historic avenue Montaigne boutique store, bears testament to this in both glorious yet modest fashion, for christian Dior's commitment to the arts went well beyond patronage.
By presenting works created by one hundred international artists around the iconic Lady Dior handbag, the exhibition “Lady Dior as seen by" recalls the strong ties that Christian Dior always held with art. from young artists to well-known painters, photographers and visual artists the exhibition's curation and selection evidence the same curiosity and open-mindedness that made the reputation of the Jacques Bonjean and Pierre Colle galleries when they were partners with Christian Dior. The sheer coherency of “Lady Dior as seen by" is also the occasion to revive the very idea of a confident, assured art direction that stops at nothing, exactly the kind our three gallerists applied at the time, when focusing on surrealist painters and modern artists. launched in Shanghai in 2011 with over 50 original works, the exhibition has evolved as it travels, first to Beijing, Tokyo, Milan, then São Paulo and now to Hong Kong.