Archi Dior: A new high jewellery collection
Breathing fresh life into fashion-inspired jewels
The 44-piece line by Dior's jewellery mastermind Victoire de Castellane, includes 23 one-of-a-kind creations, and fascinatingly, jewels designed to resemble sculpted, belted and draped fabrics. It will go on display at the Biennale des Antiquaires, set to run in Paris from September 11 for ten days, alongside a scaled-down versions of some of the gowns that inspired them.
“The idea is Dior architecture, so I started with Dior sketches that featured draping and structured shapes and I played with the idea of how you would drape and pleat the fabric if it were gold,” de Castellane said during a preview.
While the concept has been explored before — namely in the 50s by Van Cleef & Arpels – de Castellane breathes fresh life into the idea with the white, yellow and pink gold sculpted into 3-D ribbons, tassels and pleats. The house sure is becoming something of an innovator of late.
In terms of the jewellery, the collection here is set with hundreds of stones that are individually cut and nestled deep in the folds and on the ridges of every piece to provide 360-degree sparkle. “You can view the rings from several angles — it’s as if you had three rings in one,” said de Castellane. Prices range from $383,225 to $3.15 million.