With the creative direction of Victoire de Castellane, this years Dior haute joaillerie presentation was inspired by her muse, Monsieur Dior. Echoing the spirit of his passion for color and design, the collection is a collage of color bursting with vibrance.
When you walked into the Christian Dior house on Avenue Montaigne, you immediately felt like you were a part of the original atelier. The famed couturier created looks that continue to be referenced on the runways today. The most well-known being “The New Look”. During the 1940’s with fabric rationing, Dior shortened the skirt hem lengths to just below mid-calf, and nipped in the waists of full skirts.
Of course, there was the evening wear full of color and exquisite fabrics worn for the highest fashion moments and most decadent galas. He was known to take great attention to detail in the jewelry he paired with each design, just as De Castellane put great thought into each piece.
De Castellane imagined the jewelry collection to be as a love letter, Cher Dior, written to Dior full of intensity and sharing of the idea he held that color had the ability to “change your whole appearance”.
De Castellane liked the thought of putting stones that don’t necessarily belong together in brightly colored combos united.
To achieve this, De Castellane curated a collection of stones over a two year time span to find just the perfect combinations. Stones were procured from all around the world colliding from far away places creating exotic combos.
The collection followed the complexities of the attention to detail that is hallmark to the house. The back of the jewelry pieces were just as intricate in detail as the front of the pieces. Precise lace patterns emulating the laces used in the collection created a constant dialogue between jewelry and haute couture dress.
Each of the 21 pieces were displayed in black boxes with lights catching the stones to show their full radiance. You imagined what they must look like catching a ray of sunlight, or in the glimmer of candlelight.
As you walked around from piece to piece you felt you were sharing a vibrant journey into De Castellane’s vision, reading her letter to Monsieur Dior.