For Victoire de Castellane, creative director for Dior jewelry, “The symbolic value [of jewelry] is immense for, in its lastingness, in the fact that it can be handed down from generation to generation, it conveys a piece of eternity.”
The new collection of jewelry My Dior doubly exemplifies this idea in reusing Dior’s telltale cannage motif. By taking inspiration from a theme so near and dear to the fashion house since 1947, released in bags, makeup kits, walls, perfume bottles, and watches, Victoire de Castellane is pursuing a tradition.
What exactly is “cannage”? The Dior house likes to remind us that the motif comes from the Napoleon III chairs at their Paris boutique. More specifically, it’s a myriad of braided fibers all tied to each other: a symbol of the threads that are woven between generations through a piece of jewelry. The cuff bracelet, an emblematic piece in the My Dior collection, catches the eye with it’s form that is extremely thin but extremely structured at the same time, demonstrating an aesthetic and technical prowess.
For Victoire de Castellane, it’s all about going back to basics after previous collections inspired by an imaginary universe. A stylistic exercise led by the master’s hand. Indeed, in her hands, the classic cannage motif has only grown and developed even more in a ravishingly pure gold. Elegantly surreal!