Two of Dior's most iconic bags, the Lady Dior and the Diorama, what's not to love? Both designed and carefully crafted from one of the most iconic French fashion houses of all time, two aesthetics, two purposes and two signatures that will remain timeless and in style forever. Investing in a Dior bag is essential for any lover of luxury or anyone with an interest in classic pieces. Though the aesthetics and silhouettes may be different, there are more similarities then you think.
The Lady Dior is perhaps one of the most acclaimed bags of all time. Rich in history and with a fascinating back story, the Lady Dior is a necessity in any luxury handbag collection. Gifted to Princess Diana in 1995 upon her trip to Paris from Bernadette Chirac, wife of former French President Jacques Chirac, the Lady Dior was instantly deemed "iconic." The Lady Dior was presented to Lady Diana at the Cézanne exhibition at the Grand Palais when the Bernadette Chirac explained that she wished to gift the Princess of Wales a unique handbag. Of course, when searching for an elegant, feminine handbag fit for a princess, who else do you call besides Christian Dior? The answer is, naturally, no one. The Lady Dior was seen countless times on the arm of Princess Diana, once during a visit to a children's home in Birmingham. A photo of the Princess was captured with the bag as she held a child in her arms. A few weeks later, Princess Diana was seen again with the legendary handbag during a state visit to Argentina. The Lady Dior wasn't just beloved by the Princess, but also the public. Due to the swarm of attention and adoration for the bag, the house of Dior launched the Lady Dior in a larger series and changed the name to "Lady Dior" with the Princess' blessing in 1996. More than two hundred thousand models were sold in the first two years of its debut - massively increasing the French fashion house's turnover.
Carefully crafted in quilted cannage leather, the Lady Dior was originally inspired by Napoléan ||| chairs that Christian Dior once used to welcome clients to his first show in 1947. The Lady Dior features two, structured top handles, a boxy silhouette and logo charms that became a Dior signature. The creation of a Lady Dior is precise and meticulous, with 140 distinct pieces necessary for the final finish. Luxurious and crafted from only the finest of materials, it's no wonder the Lady Dior was, and still is, such a success.
The Diorama is a style very different to the traditional Lady Dior - and is for a different kind of woman. The Diorama debuted in Dior's Spring / Summer 2015 runway show under the creative direction of Raf Simons. Regardless of it still being a relatively new style, the moment it hit the catwalk the Diorama was deemed an instant classic. Youthful but sophisticated, edgy but feminine, classic but contemporary, the Diorama is ideal for the modern woman. Created to spark the interest of a younger demographic, the house of Dior immensely succeeded when it came to appealing to every kind of woman with this bag. A classic flap bag with minimal branding but a signature diamond clasp, the Diorama features a chunky chain strap with a leather shoulder feature and recognizable stitching. Exuding a real "if you know, you know" aesthetic, Dior hit the nail on the head when it came to creating a modern-timeless piece. Often compared to the Chanel Boy bag, the Diorama perfectly balances modern edge with traditional femininity.
Commonly crafted in smooth or pebbled leather, the process for creating such an intricate handbag is a meticulous one. The first step is the piping that creates the signature stitching, which is carefully cut to perfection. A precise piece of leather is then cut out and delicately placed overtop of the piping and sewed on. The interior backing is then placed, stitched, glued and hammered underneath the leather to make it thick and durable. The leather is then stamped to fit the diamond-like clasp which is carefully screwed into place. The chain strap is then added, the finishing touches are completed and thus, we have the iconic Diorama.
So which bag is right for you? If you're a die-hard Dior lover, this blog might not be for you because you probably already own both - and to that we say; you go girl. However, for those of you who are contemplating which bag to invest in, we're here to lend a helping hand in your decision making.
The Lady Dior is, naturally, the first image that pops into your mind when you think of a Dior bag. Classic, timeless and the OG of Dior handbags - but it might not be for everyone. The Lady Dior is traditional and hard to edge-up. Effortlessly feminine and elegant, this bag is much easier to dress up in comparison to the Diorama. Usually fitted to a more mature clientele, the Lady Dior is beloved amongst the older fashion lovers of the world. The Diorama is younger and much more playful. Though it can be dressed up or down, it's most commonly seen paired with casual outfits. Less spacious than a Lady Dior, it's easy to hold smaller essentials in the Diorama but when it comes to your every day necessities, it might not be the best option.
Both are beautiful bags - no one can dispute that. If you're the kind of woman with a love for luxury handbags and an appreciation for history, reputation and craftsmanship - then you can't go wrong with either piece. Dior is a timeless brand that will always remain at the very top of luxury fashion's hierarchy. Classic pieces that exude the perfect balance between the traditional and the innovative, a Lady Dior or a Diorama (or perhaps both) are true investment pieces that are worthy of any luxury handbag collection
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By: Isabel de Carteret