The Lady Dior goes to the Rio carnival

Artist Maria Nepomuceno takes Grazia on her creative quest to reinterpret the iconic bag
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The Lady Dior goes to the Rio carnival

In a game of metamorphosis, 11 artists have completely reimagined the timeless Lady Dior bag in the fourth edition of Dior Lady Art.

Like the woman who wears it, the classic piece continues to reinvent, reimagine and reassert itself as an emblem of beauty: inherently refined, self-assured and with a transgenerational attitude.

Grazia Middle East travelled to Rio de Janeiro in pursuit of one of this year’s most visionary masterpieces, created by Maria Nepomuceno.

Maria Nepomuceno

Brazilian-born artist and sculptor Nepomuceno cites none other than the joyful spirit of Rio de Janeiro’s carnival as her Lady Dior inspiration. A vivacious and fiery red sets the scene, while playful eyes, lips and flowers explode across the piece in a satirical vision (comparisons between the artist and Salvador Dali, Elsa Schiaparelli and Jean Cocteau’s Surrealist designs spring to mind). 

The creativity and colour of Rio de Janeiro’s carnival plays out across the Dior Lady Art bag by Maria Nepomuceno

Glitter and beading (big and small), are sporadically placed on front and back making for a show-stopping piece that looks just as good dressed up as it does dressed down. This delicate gesture of great strength – an animated celebration of diversity and plurality – makes Nepomuceno’s Lady Dior a universal manifesto for life, love and colour.

Pictures: Pedro Loreto