This is (so far) the one palette I haven’t managed to find on any re-sale sites but I do know it was $90 to buy in 2011. It’s also quite strange that in 2011, Dior released two of these limited edition, numbered palettes – the other one was the Mitzah palette.
I always wonder what happens to No.1 – I think perhaps Dior would keep the first one on the run for their archives but I don’t really know.
The Lady Dior bag, although already an iconic Dior bag, was made even more famous by being a favourite style of Lady Diana, long before this make up palette was even conceived. According to the leaflet in the box, each palette is hand assembled and decorated.
As you can see, it’s super-detailed, right down to the cane-work stitching and the delicate key-ring and metalwork which has gold overspray. The grey background is also textured to look like leather.
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The original Lady Dior bag was created in 1996 and takes inspiration from Napoleon III chairs used to seat guests at the 1947 haute couture fashion shows – hence the term ‘cane work’. I’ve seen swatches of this (thank you Bestthingsinbeauty HERE) and there’s a definitely shift to purple from the grey shade. I think you were supposed to use the red on cheeks and the grey and blue on eyes. Every time I see these intricate palettes with so much work in them, I’m reminded just how ‘samey’ make up has got. With perhaps the exception of Chantecaille and Paul & Joe, you rarely see such detail any more. Even though it’s only 9 years, these palettes feel forever ago.
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