But the cult of Dior handbags as we know it today – the Lady Bag, the Saddle Bag, the Book Tote – really has to be attributed to Marc Bohan, the second designer to take the helm of the fashion house after Monsieur Dior’s untimely death from a heart attack in 1957. (An Yves Saint Laurent was next in line, after which Bohan arrived in the late 1960s.) In 1967, Bohan drummed the Oblique monogram, in whereby the four letters of Dior appear mixed with an italic slant and then stack on top of each other over and over again until they form a diagonal line. It took two years before the world saw it for the first time; Look 42 from the Spring 1969 collection featured a decidedly fashionable model wearing a woolen coat, bug-eyed glasses and a square crossbody bag bearing the so-called iconic monogram. Since then, John Galliano has splashed the Oblique everywhere, from tiny bikinis to his iconic sky-high saddlebags, and current Dior Creative Director Maria Grazia Chiuri has applied it liberally to handbags of all shapes and sizes. . And no Dior handbag story would be complete without the style made famous by the most regal of Miss Diors, a certain Princess Diana, for whom Dior named the bag Lady Dior.
Since the New Look skirt swish toured the world in 1947, Dior has given us a lot to say. The most famous stories of Dior handbags, below.