Renowned for his hyperrealist renderings, sculptures and installations, British artist Marc Quinn has now collaborated with the House of Dior through a reinvention of the fashion brand’s Lady Dior bags. Transposing the artist’s vivid and realist interpretations onto a limited-edition of Dior’s iconic handbags, the partnership also celebrates the opening of Dior’s new boutique designed by Peter Marino on London’s famous New Bond Street as well as the label’s recent Cruise Collection at Blenheim Palace.
Marc Quinn x Dior
For over two decades the orchid has served as a major source of fascination for Quinn. The artist has reinterpreted the flower into giant sculptures made ice and bronze as well as painted them on canvas with a colourful plethora of large brushstrokes. Now they bloom once again onto Dior handbags. Here the artist has invented the handbag models to include one side imbued with a floral print evoking his oeuvre, and the other whereby the same motif is used but the colours are reversed. Of particular note is In the Night Garden, Quinn’s rendering of white, violet and black orchids bloom against a dramatic landscape resembling a snowy setting or even volcanic earth. In addition, the artist offers Lady Dior a ‘Fossil Record’ bag that comes with a flower relief embossed into silver leather. Pictured here are flowers that appear eternally frozen in full bloom, yet with a sinister edge: man’s continual desire to control the ebb and flow of nature.
The collaboration offers Quinn’s own perspective on the relationship between man and nature. Dior’s iconic handbags relay the idea of untameable beauty – an idea that the artist appears to see as the result of man’s relentless desire to control and yet also admire the natural world. A bright blue iris stares out at us from another handbag. The work is from the artist’s series We Share Our Chemistry with the Stars. “The etymology of 'iris' is derived from the Greek word for 'rainbow’ and in the colours there is a kind of celebration of individuality,” says the artist. “In the middle you have that black hole of the pupil and all of the mystery and uncertainty of life.”
Marc Quinn x Dior
A true celebration of life in all of its beauty and mystery, Quinn’s artwork can also be found on Dior clutches and wallets, with the artist’s collaboration for Dior offering a haunting piece of his art on the fashion House’s iconic lady handbags. The partnership also further solidifies the Dior’s ongoing relationship with the world of art – one which has withheld strong ties since the time of Christian Dior.