For Love Of Lace: A Look At Dior's Latest High Jewellery Collection

Watches & Jewellery

August 1, 2018 | BY Charlene Co

Couture and jewellery meet in Dior’s new high jewellery collection, Dior Dior Dior

 
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Dior chose possibly the most glamorous time of the year in the French capital, Haute Couture Week in early July,  to unveil 65 of its latest exquisite creations, a sensuous, lace-inspired collection of high jewellery called Dior Dior Dior.

“I wanted to capture the sensation of lightness and the haute couture signature of lace, which, like ribbons, silk and draping, is essential to the Dior lexicon,” Victoire de Castellane, creative director of fine jewellery for Dior, explains as she walks us through the exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art.

To capture the fluidity of lace and intricacy of its patterns, Dior called on the best jewellery ateliers in Paris—those who “worked precious metals to the extreme,” de Castellane says.

“It was a veritable technical feat. Essentially, they created silken embroidery out of gold that illuminates the central stones, such as emeralds, blue and pink sapphires, yellow diamonds and spessartite garnets. They would appear to be stitched directly onto the ‘golden chiffon,’ while the diamonds, sculpted like sequins, enhance the couture effect.

Browse the Dior Dior Dior collection in the slideshow below: 

Dentelle Guipure double ring in white gold set with diamonds and blue sapphires (Photo: Courtesy of Dior)

Dentelle Guipure earrings in white gold set with diamonds and pink spinel (Photo: Courtesy of Dior)

Dentelle Tulle necklace in yellow gold set with diamonds, an emerald, pink sapphires, spessartite and tsavorite garnets, Paraiba-type tourmalines, yellow and purple sapphires (Photo: Courtesy of Dior)

Dentelle Velours earrings in yellow gold set with diamonds, light opals, tsavorite garnets, yellow sapphires and spessartite garnets (Photo: Courtesy of Dior)

Dentelle Guipure bracelet in yellow and pink gold set with yellow and white diamonds (Photo: Courtesy of Dior)

Dentelle Guipure necklace in white gold set with diamonds and pink sapphires (Photo: Courtesy of Dior)

Dentelle Guipure hand jewel in white gold set with diamonds and pink spinel (Photo: Courtesy of Dior)

Dentelle Organza ring in white gold set with diamonds and pink sapphires (Photo: Courtesy of Dior)

Dentelle Velours ring in yellow gold set with diamonds, light opal, tsavorite garnets, yellow sapphires and spessartite garnet (Photo: Courtesy of Dior)

“Imagine cutting bits of lace, placing them on the hand and transforming them into colourful jewels. As you see in the curves and details of these jewels, we embrace lace’s natural tendency to twist, unfurl, as well the delicacy of its patterns.”

Through this collection, which de Castellane describes as “delicate but empowered,” she demonstrates once more her ability and boldness to push the boundaries of jewellery design. “Each of my collections leads me to the next, and I adore the idea of going even further—going there where I am least expected.”

And we’re watching, very closely.

Find out more at Dior.com

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