Top 5 Iconic Handbags


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The Gift Heard 'Round the Fashion World
Dita Von Teese ties together her black and white ensemble with a tiny Lady Dior bag.
Dita Von Teese ties together her black and white ensemble with a tiny Lady Dior bag.
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Introduced: 1995

Seen on: Princess Diana of Wales, Diane Kruger, Marion Cotillard

Princess Diana, inaugurating a museum in Paris in 1995, received a Dior handbag as a gift from then-first lady of France Bernadette Chirac. It was the start of a love affair.

Henceforth known as the Lady Dior bag because Lady Diana loved it, the popularity of that purse spread like wildfire.

The Christian Dior-designed handbag can be recognized by its cane-style quilting, boxy shape, and small, half-moon handle.

Or you could just look for the gold letters "D-I-O-R" swinging from the handles.

Lady Dior is an icon, but it wasn't the original It Bag. That distinction belongs to a Fendi.

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