A look inside the Lady Dior exhibition at Taipei 101

By Pessy Lee, Special to The China Post

TAIPEI — The exhibition Lady Dior As Seen By Taiwan will be in Taipei 101 for four weeks, presenting 55 artworks to celebrate the 70th anniversary of Dior.

Lady Dior As Seen By is an exhibition that tours around the major cities in the world such as Seoul, Hong Kong and Tokyo, working with local artists. This year, Dior worked together with Taipei 101 for the first time, exhibiting 30 photographs and 25 sculptures, including works by Taiwanese artists.

The first Lady Dior bag came out in 1995. The First Lady of France, Madame Bernadette Chirac, gave it to Lady Diana, Princess of Wales as a gift. Since then, this iconic handbag with quilted stitching — the signature Dior motif — and with diagonal and perpendicular stitching has become Dior’s classic item.

With a unique fashion style, Lady Dior has also become the inspiration for the great artists all over the world, including photographers, visual artists, and movie makers.

The Lady Dior As Seen By exhibition presents a selection of artistic interpretations of its style.

One of the sculptures, called “Mid-Summer Night Stroll,” is created by award-winning Taiwanese sculptor Chih-Hung Liu (劉致宏).

The sculpture has the Lady Dior look but features blue light tubes inside, making it seem like a popular household appliance: a mosquito lamp. Through it, Liu creates a sense of conflict, showing that high fashion could be raw and basic. He also wants to remind people of those beautiful midsummer nights in the memories of the Taiwanese people.

“Portrait” is by local sculptor Chi-tsung Wu (吳季璁), who specializes in creating art with multiple materials. “Portrait” is a Lady Dior bag covered with optical fibers that make the handbag appear as if it were surrounded by an aura. Wu wants to start a conversation about consumer culture and self-display, symbolizing the consumer’s material desires using light effects. Just like the lights, all fantasies vanish in the end.

Another piece worth mentioning is a photo taken by Ting-kuei Shao (邵亭魁), a renowned Taiwanese fashion photographer. The image is called “Forgotten,” and it focuses on an all-white Lady Dior bag on the floor. Shao wants to explore the things that get forgotten in everyday life. Yet in the very moment that people realize that something is forgotten, the object is actually most fondly remembered.

The public relations manager of the exhibition said it took six months to prepare the showcase for an audience: “We wanted to create an artistic space, instead of a commercial activity in Taipei 101.”

The Lady Dior As Seen By exhibition is open to the public on the fourth floor of Taipei 101 until August 16.

The China Post intern Yvonne Huang contributed in this article.