The notorious British contemporary artist Marc Quinn created a limited edition of Lady Dior handbags, clutches and wallets bearing his kaleidoscopic and vibrant oil paintings for the opening of the brand’s store on New Bond Street, London, in June. Quinn’s creations will be showcased starting 29 November at Dior’s Miami Design District store during Art Basel Miami Beach.
Marc Quinn created three series of fashion accessories: In The Night Garden featuring striking violet, white or black orchids blooming against a backdrop of volcanic earth, the Fossil Record with a floral motif embossed on silvered leather and We Share Our Chemistry with the Stars with a bright blue iris of an eye.
“The motifs represent flowers forever frozen in full bloom, as if to contradict a disturbing subtext: the uncontrollable human desire to control nature. The Lady Dior bags and small leather accessories are thus transformed into works of art through which the artist questions man and his relationship with nature as untameable beauty. (…) On another piece, it’s the bright blue iris of an eye, from the series We Share Our Chemistry with the Stars, that grabs and captivates us. The artist also notes that “the word iris comes from the Greek word for rainbow, and the colors celebrate individuality”, adding: “In the middle, there’s the black void of the pupil, which recalls the mystery and uncertainty of existence,”” house of Dior stated.