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Victoire de Castellane

Victoire de Castellane, Dior Joaillerie’s creative director, has created fanciful haute jewelry pieces for the French fashion house since 1998. Motifs that range from brilliant tropical gardens to treasures buried in the depths of the sea are executed in her collections of fantastical baubles.

Next month, Paris’ Gagosian Gallery welcomes de Castellane for an exhibition of her work entitled, “Fleurs d’excès.” From March 2 to the 22, a selection of the designer’s own work (independent of Dior Joaillerie) will push the boundaries of design-as-art and fashion-as-art with these sculptural adornments.

De Castellane, who lives and works in Paris, began designing jewelry at the tender age of five. Her first attempt at creating jewelry was when she deconstructed a charm bracelet to create a pair of earrings—to her mother’s dismay. Perhaps her Charms de Dior collection was a way of making amends for that first destructive, yet fruitful, jewelry creation.

De Castellane is no stranger to exhibition settings, however. She showed a previous collection of jewels in 2007 at the then-recently-reopened Musée de l'Orangerie in Paris under the magical presence of Monet’s waterlily series. The exhibition, entitled “Belladone Island,” was comprised of 17 pieces whose names were derived from an imaginary ancestral herbarium: Reina Magnifica Sangria, Poisono Misterius Spinella, Fleuro Poisonus Spinella, Paradisea Coeur Secretus, Carnivora Fluora Eternita, Dracula Spinella Devorus, Grani Opalia Devorus, Carnivo Papidevorus, Ancolia Veneinosa Pop.

With a first showing as supernatural as it was, and with her continuously awe-inspiring collections for Dior, we can only expect a showstopper from Fleurs d’excès.

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