Victoire de Castellane, Christian Dior creative director of fine jewelry.
The Granville collection is an homage to Monsieur Dior and the blooms in his childhood garden.
At Couture Week in Paris, Christian Dior presented a dazzling new collection of 12 pieces that boasted not a single stitch of fabric. Instead, they complemented what actually went down the runway — and Victoire de Castellane, Dior’s creative director of fine jewelry, stole a well-deserved moment in the spotlight. De Castellane, who came from Chanel, has been a fixture at Dior for 18 years and is the inaugural designer for Dior’s fine jewelry division; she creates one fine and one high collection per year.
Her Granville collection is an homage to Monsieur Dior himself, inspired by the colorful blooms in his childhood garden and playground in the town of Granville on the Normandy Coast. Green beryl, peridot, aquamarine, tanzanite, chrysoberyl, pink tourmaline and rubellite pose as orange tulips, blood-red roses, intense violets and sunflowers, offset by rich green foliage — a bouquet that won’t soon fade against the backdrop of the maison’s glorious 70-year history.