Created in 1994 by Gianfranco Ferré, and originally named “Chouchou,” the iconic Lady Dior bag is possibly the most famous handbag model the fashion house has ever designed. Each bag is made of 130 pieces of the finest lambskin leather that are sanded, dyed, hand-stitched, and then hand cut by artisans around wooden molds, taking several skilled craftsmen up to eight hours to construct. It was a favorite of Diana, Princess of Wales—as pictured below—and was renamed in her honor in 1996. While it has remained structurally the same over the years, each season it is made in a wide variety of elegant colors, fabrics, and leather finishes.
Forever maintaining Dior’s legacy, the Lady Dior is ever symbolic of the French luxury brand’s rich history. The design of the bag’s base was inspired by the pattern of the chairs used during the first Dior fashion show in 1947, and the metallic charms attached to the strap were inspired by the lucky charms that Christian himself had so cherished.
The Lady Dior evokes sophistication with its elegant cannage-pattern stitching, round top handles, and gold charms. Unabashedly glamorous and feminine, the Lady Dior has remained synonymous with French luxury and romanticism since its debut.