Victoire de Castellane has been the creative director of
Dior Joaillerie since 1998.
Olivier Gabet is the director of the Musee des Arts Decoratifs (MAD) in Paris.
"Spanning de Castellane's colourful career at Dior so far, it is a
voyage through her ground-breaking designs from the neon-bright,
writhing, flower explosion of the Belladone Island collection shown
at the Orangerie Museum in Paris in 2007 to her witty bejewelled
skulls or the beautifully menacing Milly Carnivora blooms. Divided
into two sections, the first is an alphabetical collection of her
favourite words, concepts and ideas illustrated with her kooky
pencil sketches, often featuring Mr Christian Dior himself. 'C'
gives us carnivore, cocktail and crowns, a fitting welcome to the
wonderful world of Victoire. The second half is dedicated to
photographs of jewels which beam out from the glossy black pages
and is almost as good seeing the real thing." -
"She enchants with her jewelry and evokes an immediate response that causes you to do a double-take and continue to examine the details as more and more are revealed in each piece. Dior Joaillerie: The Dictionary Of Victoire De Castellane By Victoire de Castellane with text by Olivier Gabet (Rizzoli New York , release date: December 2020) has captured all of this feeling and more."
"Jewelry designer Victoire de Castellane has been at the helm of Dior Joaillerie since it began in 1998. Her whimsical taste melds with unimaginably magnificent jewels with fantasy and nature inspiring the collections. The book starts with a dictionary that takes you through the alphabet according to Dior. It consists of 158 words defined and each letter of the alphabet illustrated by Victoire, and over 300 images of her mesmerizing creations. It's an Alice in Wonderland meets Secret Garden picture book-the ideal gift for any sparkle chaser." - MEETTHEJEWELERS.COM
"As a child, I loved dictionaries," and so begins this spirited book, a sort of autobiography in words and pictures of Victoire de Castellane.. de Castellane, who has been designing jewelry for the House of Dior for more than 20 years, offers bon mots, musings and sage advice in a riff on the alphabet. A is for asymmetry, which "is much more difficult than symmetry"; T is "trompe l'oeil, which "proves that realism does not prevent imagination,"; and perhaps best of all, N is for "no": "A word I never heard in our jewelry ateliers for everything is possible there."...There follows a word-free display of de Castellane's rings, bracelets, necklaces and earrings-jewelry in all its colorful musings and imagination. At no surprise there is a feeling for texture and movement in her personal collection, a fitting nod to Dior's importance and legacy. de Castellane fuses gemstones with fashion in a way the great couturier would doubtless embrace." -NATURAL DIAMOND COUNCIL