PARIS — In a sign of its continued focus on China, Dior will open a retrospective of its flagship Dior Lady Art project in Shenzhen on Saturday, including reinterpretations of the iconic handbag by leading contemporary Chinese artists.

Zhang Huan and Li Songsong are among the 12 artists participating in the sixth edition of Dior Lady Art, which will be unveiled in Shanghai in November.

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In the meantime, visitors can get a preview of their creations at the “Art ‘N Dior” exhibition, set to run at the Museum of Contemporary Art and Urban Planning in Shenzhen from Saturday to Oct. 20.

Dior has been multiplying high-profile events in China since the country emerged from the coronavirus pandemic last year, as Chinese consumers have curbed their traveling and are spending more at home.

After a repeat showing of its pre-fall collection in Shanghai in April, and a high-jewelry

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Fashion photography enthusiasts and art book collectors, this one is for you. In celebration of International Women’s Day, Maria Grazia Chiuri, Italian fashion designer and the current creative director at Dior, has released a photography book titled Her Dior: Maria Grazia Chiuri’s New Voice. 

The anthology book features 33 women photographers who have collaborated with Chiuri since she took over the helm of Dior in 2016. Her Dior aims to celebrate art and photography through the lens of the female gaze, “an ode to self-affirmation and to the beauty of cultures and couture — like so many banners of freedom,” according to a press release from Dior. 

BOOK: HER DIOR, MARIA GRAZIA CHIURI’S NEW VOICE

A perfect addition to any coffee table, the book is bound with a black ribbon that features the words “HER DIOR” printed repeatedly – a motif visually reminiscent of the maison’s J’Adior ribbon back

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Photography Jackie NIckerson. Images courtesy of Dior

In the long history of the relationship between the worlds of fashion and fine art, a story that often goes overlooked is that of Monsieur Christian Dior. You, of course, know him for the eponymous Maison he founded in 1947, now one the proudest names in fashion and culture at large. A lesser-known fact about the seminal couturier, however, is that long before his career in fashion, he enjoyed a reputation as one of Paris’ most eminent art dealers in the early 1930s. Together with his business partner Pierre Colle, he even presented Alberto Giacometti’s first Paris solo show, and, in June 1931, debuted Salvador Dalí’s masterpiece The Persistence of Memory (that’s right, the one with the melting clocks).

It’s a history that is often overshadowed by the legacy of the monolithic Maison he built, but one person who committed

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