Jason Martin on Sculpting his Artful Lady Dior Bag

Jason Martin on Sculpting his Artful Lady Dior Bag

As his Dior Lady Bag collaboration debuts at Art Basel, painter and sculptor Jason Martin talks about the technical work behind it.

As his Dior Lady Bag collaboration debuts at Art Basel, painter and sculptor Jason Martin talks about the technical work behind it.

22 years after Dior first created their iconic Lady Dior bag—a hallmark of the French house, which paid tribute to the ultra fashionable Princess Diana—the top handle accessory gets a creative reboot, thanks to the talents of seven very different artists: Jason Martin, Daniel Gordon, Marc Quinn, Chris Martin, Matthew Porter, Mat Collishaw, and Ian Davenport.

While his counterparts like Gordon opted for a floral motif washed in luxe fur, Martin intended to convey the metal casting process within the parameters of a bag. “I was always very curious about materials: how to develop them and how to find inventive ways of manipulating them,” he says of his gold, black, and silver sculptural designs. “Exploring the possibilities of materials was for me a way to develop  a language.

Martin, who regularly works with cast metals like nickel, silver, rose gold, and copper, made shiny iterations of both the Lady Dior bag and a corresponding evening clutch—bedecked with sequins—that showcase a sense of movement despite being so statuesque. Clearly, very worthy options for the holiday party season.

Get an exclusive glimpse of the making of Martin’s offering here.

Credits: Images Courtesy Dior

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