South African artist Athi-Patra Ruga Designs For Dior's Lady Art Project

South African artist Athi-Patra Ruga is among a list of designers selected from different corners of the world to create and design for the latest Dior Lady Art Project.

Athi-Patra Ruga joined fellow designers – Maria Nepomuceno, Mickalene Thomas, Jia Lee, Eduardo Terrazas and Rina Banerjee to mirror the resurgence in textile art for the fourth edition of the bag collection that has factored in pieces of elements of culture and heritage through the use of techniques such as patchwork, quilting, embroidery and printing.

South African artist Athi-Patra Ruga Designs For Dior’s Lady Art Project

The South African creative told WWD that his education background from Gordon Flack Davison Academy in Johannesburg is a contributory factor in his attention to detail and love for textile which is heavy in the Dior Lady Art Project. His design in the collection is a 3-D self-portrait consisting of pearls framed by crystals, fabric and metal flowers carefully embroidered into a black background. The second bag, inspired by Christian Dior’s famed Junon gown, features a guilted scallop motif, in blue lambskin leather.

Each of the designs in the collection range from USD 4000 to USD 14 000, the collection is expected Dior boutiques worldwide from January 2020.

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