Friday, 18 March 2011

VICTOIRE DE CASTELLANE at Gagosian Gallery Paris

Victoire de Castellane lives and works in Paris. Essentially self-taught -- she attempted to make her first piece of jewelry at the age of five -- she designed costume jewelry for Chanel for fourteen years. In 1998 she joined Dior as the first Creative Director of their new jewelry department, a role she continues to this day. Her first exhibition “Belladone Island” took place in Monet’s Waterlily room at L’Orangerie, Paris in 2007.

De Castellane’s highly original collections for Dior have redefined and revivified haute joaillerie for a new generation. With Fleurs d’excès, she has gone further to create ten works that recall the jeweled obsessions of times past, such as the mechanical nightingale of Hans Christian Andersen’s children’s tale, Fabergé eggs, and the fabulous “bestiaries” of animals real and mythic. De Castellane’s intricately made hybrids each contain a wearable element, becoming “jewelry at rest, waiting to be worn.”