The Lady Must TRAVEL

Art and the fash­ion busi­ness make strange bed­fel­lows, but Dior has taken the com­plex re­la­tion­ship to a whole new level. By Su­nitha Thaya­paran.

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from film­maker David Lynch and fash­ion pho­tog­ra­phers Inez van Lam­sweerde and Vi­noodh Matadin to Swiss so­cialite and artist, Olympia Scarry. The bag is re­searched, played with, an­a­lysed, and in­ter­preted through a host of me­dia and ma­te­ri­als (think pho­tog­ra­phy, in­stal­lations, film et al.) un­til you are forced to en­gage with it be­yond the con­fines of its in­tended use and cer­tainly be­yond the House of Dior.

The ex­hi­bi­tion, which made its de­but in Shang­hai’s Mu­seum of Con­tem­po­rary Art in 2011, trav­elled to both Bei­jing and Tokyo and even Mi­lan’s Tri­en­nale De­sign Mu­seum be­fore hit­ting Hong Kong. Eighty artists, pho­tog­ra­phers, and film­mak­ers banded to lend their artis­tic in­ter­pre­ta­tion of the Lady Dior, and the main­stay was per­mu­ta­tions of the bag as ob­ject, in which a va­ri­ety of artists toyed with ideas and ma­te­ri­als that re­sulted in a visual smor­gas­bord. Scarry’s frosted glass take where the sides are ripped out and frozen mid-air is par­tic­u­larly ar­rest­ing.

But what re­ally res­onates is the pho­tog­ra­phy, some of which were rather trans­gres­sive and most provoca­tive. “Red Rope”, Wing Shya’s star­tling rep­re­sen­ta­tion of a woman tied-up from be­hind, the can­nage re­flected in her bonds, vul­ner­a­bly hold­ing a Lady Dior in her hands as she ten­ta­tively turns, is rather haunt­ing. Then there is Peter Lind­bergh’s stylis­tic rep­re­sen­ta­tion of the model Daria Wer­bowy as she seem­ingly stum­bles out of a bar in Hick­town, Nowhere, brewski in one hand, Lady Dior in the other, cov­er­ing

Peter Lind­bergh’s shot of Daria Wer­bowy, as ex­hib­ited at ‘ Lady Dior As Seen By’

Kum Chi Ke­ung’s “Lady Bird” was in­spired by the art of bird­cage-mak­ing

Pier 4 in Cen­tral, Hong Kong with the ex­hi­bi­tion space de­signed as a Lady Dior bag

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