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London Jewels / DIOR LACQUER, DIAMOND AND MULTI-GEM-SET 'MILLY CARNIVORA EGRATIGNA CHIPIE' RING, 2008
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A Private Collection of Jewels by Victoire de Castellane for Christian Dior
For an example see "Dior Joaillerie: The A to Z of Victoire de Castellane", by Victoire de Castellane, with text by Olivier Gabet, New York, 2020, No 311.
Victoire de Castellane has been creative director of Dior Joaillerie since its inception in 1998 and her ground-breaking designs consistently turn the jewellery world's tendency for self-reference and historicism on their head. Hallmarks of de Castellane's work are colour, asymmetry and an extraordinary attention to detail. Gemstones of all hues are incorporated into jewels of lush, exotic flora and fauna that are also decorated in lacquer from an unlimited post-Warholian electric colour palette. The internal and the external features of each piece is given equal importance and are regarded as crucial as the seams of a dress. What remains hidden is as elaborately and skilfully worked as the exterior to give the wearer endless pleasure. In de Castellane's jewels, reality mixes with fantasy, inspiration comes from the technicolor world of Japanese animation as well as the legacy of Christian Dior. In the words of de Castellane "When you are bored, feeling alone, jewellery protects you.. I love all bad vanishing, just the memory of what's beautiful staying in my mind. Life is not like that. That's why I do jewellery."