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A Bag Made in Remembrance and Hope of Better Days

By Bianca Husodo

 
The Dior Bobby

Designed by Maria Grazia Chiuri as part of Dior’s Fall/Winter ’20 collection, the new bag is said to be an eponymous tribute to Mr. Christian Dior’s pet, Bobby.

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The Dior Bobby

Pictured here in Paris’s Montmartre neighbourhood, Mr. Christian Dior and his beloved pet dog, Bobby, circa 1950.

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The Dior Bobby

Another archival picture of Mr. Dior and Bobby, circa 1950.

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The Dior Bobby

Left: Several of Mr. Dior’s suits were monikered after Bobby. Pictured here is a “Bobby” haute couture suit, circa 1953. Right: Sketches of the suits would be inscribed with the name. Here, an haute couture sketch for the 1962/1963 season.

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The Dior Bobby

In 1949, a model dressed in a Christian Dior haute couture suit and posing with a dog.

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The Dior Bobby

The hobo-style bag comes in three sizes and four colours: black, cream, camel and blue Dior Oblique canvas.

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Given the state of the world we live in at this point in time, it may be near-impossible to imagine the day we will go out and get dressed again. It may even sound ridiculous to think it. Who cares what we will wear when there has been so much calamity and economic destruction?

Yet at the end of it all, we will. We will get dressed — and not for the anomie of a mask-faced grocery run or a quick jog in the park — but for the next stage catharsis. It’s ingrained in both history and human nature. “We will come out of this like we come out of a war,” said Li Edelkoort, a trend forecaster. “We will want two things: security and to dance. We will be aching for something new, to refresh our personalities.” 

Despite stores remaining nailed shut, it was perhaps with this reasoning that the house of Dior strides ahead with the launch of the Dior Bobby bag. The hope that better days will come, even in the form of an aspirational handbag, is needed to march ahead.

Part of the Fall/Winter ’20 season, the Dior Bobby is revealed to be Maria Grazia Chiuri’s titular tribute to Mr. Christian Dior’s dog, Bobby. The significance his four-legged companion had on Mr. Dior and his creative output is recorded in the founding couturier’s memoirs, “Dior by Dior”, in which he wrote, “Each collection contained a suit earmarked for success called Bobby.” Named after his pet, sketches of these suits would be inscribed with the moniker. In these suits, models would then pose outdoors — by the Seine River or along the Champs-Élysées — with a furry friend in tow. 

Designed with the esprit of its same-named precursors in mind, the Dior Bobby could then be taken as a symbolic promise of a future in which it would be slung around the shoulder, taken out of the house and far beyond its constricting four walls. The initials of the fashion house, “CD”, as its arresting buckle; its gentle half-moon curves an obvious product of crafted savoir-faire — these are not necessarily signs of indulgence. Rather, they’re a statement of belief in the power of beauty to uplift. 

The Dior Bobby bag, S$4,600 (small), S$5,300 (medium) and S$5,900 (large).

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