When you think of luxury fashion, Christian Dior is usually one of the first names on your list. It’s synonymous with the idea of feminine elegance and sophistication, with a rich history in the world of ready-to-wear and haute couture.
Christian Dior bags have been carried by everyone from European royalty to Hollywood royalty. When it comes to investing in a bag for the future, Christian Dior is one of the best brands to choose from.
We’re taking a deep dive into the brand, its most iconic bags, and all the information you need to know about buying one.
While it would be impossible to take a deep dive into every bag in the Dior archives, here are a selection of the brand’s most iconic handbags.
1. The Lady Dior Bag
Dior describes this bag as epitomizing their “vision of elegance and beauty – refined and sophisticated”. On a closer inspection of the bag, you’ll see that it represents everything Dior stands for.
Its chic and compact design is wearable for any occasion, with a ladylike top handle for formal events. Napoleon’s quilted chairs inspire the infamous quilting on the bag, a nod to the chairs guest would sit in during early Dior runway shows.
Handmade in France, a Dior bag is a declaration of grace and style, as seen in this black cotton and leather Lady Dior bag
The bag includes a gold-finish metal ‘DIOR’ charm with a removable leather should strap that gives the handbag its versatility.
The Lady Dior bag is one of the brand’s best-selling designs and has gone through several re-interpretations over the years.
Each Artistic Director has put their own twist on the bag, including adding new fabrics, such as the current embroidery prints.
Pink Satin Mini Lady Dior Cannage Bag, $5,385 at Farfetch
Inspired by Napoléon II Cannage chairs, the Cannage quilt from Christian Dior is a unique and charming signature, found all over this pink satin mini Lady Dior Cannage bag
The Lady Dior is available in several sizes, from the Mini Lady Dior, through to the Large Lady Dior. The mini model comes with a chain strap in place of a matching leather one.
Due to its popularity, the Lady Dior line has expanded to include accessories like cardholders, micro vanity cases, and wallets. If you want a luxury bag that will stand the test of time, look no further than the Lady Dior.
2. The Dior Saddle Bag
The 2000s are back – and Dior is no exception. The iconic Dior Saddle bag was everywhere at the start of the millennium as one of the original ‘it’ bags.
The bag frequently appeared on the arm of Sarah Jessica Parker in Sex and the City, making it an instant cult favorite. The Saddle bag made its return in 2018 in Maria Grazia Chirui’s Fall/Winter collection.
Jessica Serfaty totes a pink and multicolor embroidered and bead-embellished Christian Dior Peace and Love Saddle bag from the Fall/Winter 2018 Collection
The name comes from the saddle shape of the bag, which has appeared in dozens of colorways. The bag has a magnetic ‘D’ stirrup clasp and a ‘CD’ metal signature on each side of the handle.
Bordeaux Red/White Trotter Saddle Shoulder Bag, $3,746 at Farfetch
This Trotter Saddle shoulder bag from Christian Dior will imprint its elegance on your look
The Dior Saddle first appeared in the Spring/Summer 2000 collection before slowly diminishing in popularity towards the end of the decade.
The brand decided to resurrect the bag after a surge in popularity in the pre-loved market, with celebrities like Beyonce bringing back the bag.
Unlike the Lady Dior, the Dior Saddle is a streetwear staple and a more casual accessory that is chic without being formal. The brand has given the new Dior Saddle bag a contemporary update.
You can find it in every size from a mini to a maxi, with various strap options available. The Saddle Bag is available in traditional grained calfskin and Dior’s signature oblique jacquard print.
It’s a perfect choice if you want a modern bag that is instantly recognizable but more casual and everyday appropriate.
3. The Dior Book Tote
A newer addition to the Dior catalog is the Book Tote, a large rectangular top-handle bag. Maria Grazia Chiuri created the style, and it is everywhere that you look on social media.
The Book Tote is designed for the modern woman that needs to take her essentials with her on-the-go. For the streetwear era, the bag features the ‘Christian Dior’ signature in a graphic font.
When it comes to this Christian Dior Book tote bag, your essentials will not be left behind
While the bag is available in several prints, they primarily focus on embroidery and Dior’s paisley motif.
You can use it as a carry-on while traveling or a work bag to hold your laptop and other essentials. The Book Tote is available in a mini, small, and standard size.
Each season, Dior comes out with new embroidery designs for the bag. If you want a bag that you can wear every day, the Dior Book Tote is hard to beat.
4. The Dior 30 Montaigne Bag
Another modern classic is the Dior Montaigne bag. The silhouette takes its inspiration from the brand’s heritage with an elegant and timeless look and vintage-inspired feel. This flap bag has a gold-finish ‘CD’ clasp, reminiscent of the Saddle bag.
The Montaigne is a crossbody bag that is available in a standard size, with a smaller ’30 box bag’ and chain bag variant.
Adorned with a gold-tone CD clasp fastening, this black 30 Montaigne shoulder bag from Christian Dior will boost your looks and your mood
This bag launched in early 2019 and became an instant must-have. With its sleek structure and classic silhouette, the 30 Montaigne bag is the perfect alternative to a Chanel flap bag.
It’s ideal for those who want a vintage-inspired bag that is still contemporary and modern with a minimalistic feel. This bag is available in grained calfskin leather, as well as Dior’s oblique print.
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