“Fortunately, there are flowers,” Monsieur Dior confided in his memoirs. Victoire de Castellane shares this love of nature with the House’s founder. Season after season, the Artistic Director of Dior Joaillerie cultivates a precious garden of new collections that compose a pluralistic story reflecting a multifaceted femininity. The rose, Monsieur Dior’s favorite bloom, flourishes there in majesty. From its stem to its lush efflorescence, the Dior flower par excellence unfurls in the Bois de Rose, Rose Dior Bagatelle and Rose Dior Pré Catelan lines. This jewellery garden is now home to a fourth flower with all the freshness of a burgeoning bud, Rose Dior Couture.
“A stem that coils around the finger, like a poetic jewel, a romantic declaration or a symbol of eternal love,” says Victoire de Castellane of Bois de Rose. Like an echo of the cliffside garden in Granville, Normandy, where the young Christian Dior learned the art of pruning roses from his mother, Madeleine, for the first time the collection’s signature purity extends to bangles. Chiseled in white, pink or yellow gold, with or without a frosting of diamonds, they delicately enlace the wrists of women and men alike.
Like a corollary to the tamed flower in a celebrated novella, Rose Dior Couture, the latest rose dreamed up by Victoire de Castellane, combines the promise of a bud ready to blossom with the silkiness of a fabric flower. It celebrates Monsieur Dior’s cherished motif, which has continued to color the House’s ballet of Haute Couture creations. Printed, embroidered, and brocaded on dresses or evening coats, the rose appears on a belt, is suggested in the fullness of a skirt, or is painted on a chiffon dress. In its honor, the nine pieces in this new collection, designed with a lively line evoking that of a child, bring together rose gold and diamonds on delicate necklaces, stud earrings and rings with forms inspired by the aesthetics of Bois de Rose, for freestyle combinations that capture the spirit of the times.
Like the dresses Monsieur Dior named after the most emblematic sites in Paris, Rose Dior Pré Catelan beckons a promenade through Victoire de Castellane’s creations. The collection is as joyful and colorful as the founding couturier’s garden in Granville, with its rose-covered flowerbeds and arches. With extravagant, generous volumes, the line embraces the gentle hues of rose quartz, complemented by a more assertive palette with amethyst and onyx.
Just as the “Rhumbs” villa in Granville embodies Monsieur Dior’s childhood, Bagatelle for Victoire de Castellane represents the quintessential garden. A place of tranquility recalling her own childhood strolls, its rose garden embodies for the Artistic Director an “idea of what is charming”. Named in its honor, the Rose Dior Bagatelle collection commingles white gold and diamonds. The line’s eleven newest creations invite new styles of wearing jewellery. The mono-earring appears as a stud or in a motif that stretches from the earlobe to the helix. With a band borrowed from the Bois de Rose collection, the ring gamely lends itself to plays of mix and match. Alternatives include a resolutely feminine two-finger version, an open bangle and its companion, and a finely worked necklace with an interlaced clasp.