ABOVE: IAN DAVENPORT’S LADY DIOR BAG. PHOTO COURTESY OF EMILIO COLLAVINO.
Last week at Art Basel Miami Beach, Dior officially unveiled its “Dior Lady Art Project” with seven different artists including Jason Martin, Ian Davenport, Mat Collishaw, Matthew Porter, Daniel Gordon, Chris Martin, and Marc Quinn, offering their interpretation of the classic Lady Dior bag. In the video below, British painter Davenport—who was nominated for the Turner Prize in 1991 when he was just 25—describes his approach to the collaboration. “There’s a painting that seems to fold in somehow in the middle—it’s almost like ice cream that’s melted,” Davenport explains of his version of the bag, which draws heavily on his Colorfall series. “I thought it would be really nice to have a sense of this bag sort of being very sculptural, but kind of melting.”