The Maison’s Autumn/Winter 2018-2019 ready-to-wear collection is filled with a desires for unrestrained expression.
Inspired by the bursts of creativity that defined the year 1968, when the rules of fashion were turned upside down, Dior’s creative director Maria Grazia Chiuri channeled such thoughts when piecing together the Autumn/Winter 2018-2019 ready-to-wear collection. Guided by this attitude advocating a search for authenticity and a willingness to ruffle fashion’s feathers and tear down established codes, the gorgeous saddle bags of this collection are no exception.
Inspired by both this desire for freedom and the Maison’s heritage, the saddle bag historically made its debut in the Spring/Summer 2000 ready-to-wear collection, designed in 1999 by John Galliano (then creative director of Dior), bowing down to the world of equestrianism, with its form mimicking a horse saddle decorated with a gild “D”.
Warmly welcomed by Dior addicts, the saddle was thrusted into the limelight internationally by numerous artists and celebrities such as Beyonce and Sarah Jessica Parker in the series Sex and the City (as character, Carrie Bradshaw), allowing the bag to reach cult status.
In its most recent form, it is revised in two formats, monochrome leather, in a 1970s-inspired patchwork bearing the inscriptions “Peace and Love Dior” and in oblique canvas embellished with nine pieces of finely-beaded embroidery entirely realised by hand after designs in bring and contrasting colours. The new ethnic strap, with its fringing and metal pieces, allows it to be worn cross-body for free movement and unrestrained expression.
Timeless, beautiful, practical and so comfortable with its long strap that one almost forget it’s there, there’s no wonder why the saddle-bag continues to be one of the icons of the Dior.
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