The Making Of Christian Dior Saddle Bag

Lindsay Judge   |   13 - 09 - 2018

This iconic Christian Dior accessory is making a comeback this season, we discover its latest journey to the runway.


Remembering also means reinventing and that is just what Dior did with the accessories for its autumn/winter 2019-collection.

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Fifty years after the burst of creativity unleashed by the year 1968, Maria Grazia Chiuri revived an era when the rules of fashion were turned on their head. For this ready-to-wear collection, the artistic director of Dior was guided by this attitude espousing a search for authenticity and a willingness to shake off the established codes.



The bags in this collection in particular are inspired both by this desire for freedom and the house’s heritage. The iconic saddle, which made its debut in the spring-summer 2000 ready-to-wear collection, designed in 1999 by John Galliano in reference to the world of equestrianism, with a form alluding to a horse saddle decorated with a gilt ‘d’.


Having become an immediate cult object, the “saddle” was propelled into the limelight internationally by numerous artists and celebrities including Beyoncé, Elle Macpherson, and Sarah Jessica Parker in the series Sex and the City.



For this season this classic bag is revisited in two formats. The first being monochrome leather, and the second a 1970s-inspired patchwork bearing the inscriptions peace and love Dior, in oblique canvas embellished with nine pieces of finely-beaded embroidery entirely realized by hand after designs in bright and contrasting colors.


The new ethnic strap, with its fringing and metal pieces, allows it to be worn cross-body for unrestrained movement and expression.


Maria Grazia Chiuri explained; “I thought this collection would be an opportunity to revive its timeless beauty. I consider this icon of the House’s recent history the perfect accessory to deal with this battle that is daily life. Indeed, the Saddle bag is a bag that is worn in exactly the same way as a shirt or jacket, and it’s so comfortable to wear with its long strap that you almost forget it’s there. The Saddle bag is also practical because it allows you to carry everything you need with you. It’s for this reason that I wanted it larger and more robust, but also very colorful, embroidered or with beaded fringe because, like a chameleon, it adapts to all situations.”