It’s been more than a year since Dior artistic director Maria Grazia Chiuri opened her spring 2018 show with a Breton-stripe top that posed the question, “Why have there been no great women artists?” That moment set the tone for Chiuri’s tenure at the house, as she has gone on to produce collections inspired by Georgia O’Keeffe and Niki de Saint Phalle. For the latest iteration of Dior’s Lady Art Project—a venture that taps creatives to transform the cannage-stitched top-handle made famous by Princess Diana— Chiuri handpicked 11 female artists to reimagine the classic handbag. Among them: American artist Mickalene Thomas, who looked to her “Tête de Femme” series, focusing on the personal style of women in her own life, for inspiration.
“What would they be vehement to carry?” asked Thomas, who took elements from her dual favorite pieces in that array and organised them collage-style, regulating obvious leather, silk, sequins, and Swarovski crystals to impersonate a textures of her strange oil, acrylic, and silkscreen.
Painter and sculptor Polly Apfelbaum combined a steel compass rose attract in anxiety to Dior’s childhood summers by a sea during Granville and an epitome rose imitation desirous by a floral paintings of Italian futurist Giacomo Balla.
Meanwhile, Colombian artist Olga de Amaral gilded petal-like strips of board for a shimmering, rapids effect. “Women in a humanities are still fighting for approval on many levels,” Thomas has said. “I’m hoping…there won’t be a need to have a review about [gender]. We’re only artists, right? Hopefully, that will be a conversation.”