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Joaillerie

Author: Michele Heuze

That Dior’s book pays tribute to the wonders of fine jewelry is, in itself, a delight. That it focuses specifically on the work of its head jewelry and watch designer Victoire de Castellane, is even more so. This beautifully filled tome is one that all lovers of jewelry, fantasy and fabulous adornment have been waiting for. Dior Joaillerie, published by Rizzoli, dedicates almost 400 pages to Castellane’s tenure at the maison. Since arriving at the Place Vendôme, where she launched Dior Fine Jewelry in 1988, Castellane has changed the way we look at fine jewels, with her skewed vision of what they can be.

That Dior’s book pays tribute to the wonders of fine jewelry is, in itself, a delight. That it focuses specifically on the work of its head jewelry and watch designer Victoire de Castellane, is even more so. This beautifully filled tome is one that all lovers of jewelry, fantasy and fabulous adornment have been waiting for. Dior Joaillerie, published by Rizzoli, dedicates almost 400 pages to Castellane’s tenure at the maison. Since arriving at the Place Vendôme, where she launched Dior Fine Jewelry in 1988, Castellane has changed the way we look at fine jewels, with her skewed vision of what they can be.

Dior Joaillerie

'I didn’t set out to shock, seek a tabula rasa, or start a revolution,' she said. 'I wanted to be sincere in my work to rekindle the magic of jewellery and make it more feminine.' Her apparent notion of femininity is what makes much of Castellane’s work so compelling: a heady mix of realism and fantasy, her jewellery it is at once bright and pretty, imperfect and a little strange. And, fundamentally, it’s funny too.

'I didn’t set out to shock, seek a tabula rasa, or start a revolution,' she said. 'I wanted to be sincere in my work to rekindle the magic of jewellery and make it more feminine.' Her apparent notion of femininity is what makes much of Castellane’s work so compelling: a heady mix of realism and fantasy, her jewellery it is at once bright and pretty, imperfect and a little strange. And, fundamentally, it’s funny too.

Dior Joaillerie

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Dior Joaillerie

Dior Joaillerie

Dior Joaillerie

Our tastes perfectly matched in the common pursuit of the paradise from our childhoods — Christian Dior.

Our tastes perfectly matched in the common pursuit of the paradise from our childhoods — Christian Dior.

Castellane’s bold, vibrant and narrative style is beautifully and carefully translated by the expert metal workers, enamellers and gem setters with whom she shares her studio at Dior, which only goes to show that those who make her creations derive as much pleasure from them as those who wear them.

Castellane’s bold, vibrant and narrative style is beautifully and carefully translated by the expert metal workers, enamellers and gem setters with whom she shares her studio at Dior, which only goes to show that those who make her creations derive as much pleasure from them as those who wear them.

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