The house of Dior owes much of its splendor and splendor to the luxurious interiors of the Palace of Versailles. Christian Dior drew ideas for the creation of a new French fashion house in their stately decoration and exquisite decor, and then photographed models in dresses with puffy skirts of the New Look silhouette against the backdrop of impeccable architecture of the garden and park ensemble. Decades later, it was the turn of Victoire de Castellane, the creative director of the jewelery business, to take a fresh look at the former royal residence.
The three latest high jewelery collections she has created are united under the heading Dior à Versailles. In the first part, de Castellane showed guests the evening Versailles by candlelight, in the second she invited everyone to take a walk in the park, and in the third, final chapter of the triptych, she told about palace secrets and intrigues that usually rarely leave the walls of boudoirs and secret rooms in royal chambers. Hence the name of the third movement, Dior à Versailles, pièces secrètes (literally from French - "secret rooms"). The idea has been embodied in numerous rings "with a secret" or in pendants with an opening lid, which hides a miniature ruby, a symbol of a crown or a tiny precious heart.
“I wanted to play with ghosts and skulls, to hint that there is something invisible to the eye - you don't know what it is, but you feel its presence,” says Victoire de Castellane. There are plenty of these Memento mori symbols in the collection, and they are found in the most unexpected places. A skull lined with diamonds peeks through transparent bloody rubellite in a Vanité pendant, an image of a death symbol in polished gold to a mirror shine is found under a cover in a Vanité Miroir ring, in asymmetric Vanité Pierre de Lune earrings, the face comes through a moonstone like a reflection in a tarnished antique mirror … By the way, the original mirrors of the 19th century are also used here - on the back of the decoration. Even in seemingly harmless rings with a central sapphire or ruby in details lined with diamonds,crossed bones are read.
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The collection is relatively small in size - it includes 36 unique items in the Baroque style, including 22 rings and 9 necklaces. And in terms of color, this collection looks much more modest than the previous Dior jewelry opus: each of the jewelry uses one large colored stone - sapphire, tanzanite, rubellite, green beryl, white opal, aquamarine, spinels of different shades. But this time for de Castellane, the hidden meanings are important, secret passages and clever moving elements - made by the Dior jewelry studio, they cause no less delight and admiration.>