For the first time, the works of Victoire de Castellane will be on exhibition in New York City, in a show titled Precious Objects at the prestigious Gagosian Gallery. The self-taught jeweller, who lives and works in Paris, worked at Chanel alongside Karl Lagerfeld, to ultimately become the creative director of Christian Dior’s jewellery division, Dior Joaillerie.
Some of de Castellane’s previous exhibited pieces from the Fleurs d’excès series tell the story of a woman under the influence of hallucinatory drugs. Stating that “[jewellery] speaks about concept and form as opposed to objective value,” de Castellane sees jewellery as sculptures, not to be hidden away from sight. Using a unique perspective, her work is fluid and playful, qualities which set her apart in the field. The vivid and whimsical creations not only translate de Castellane’s distinctive creativity, but also manifest her imagination, exploring both natural and artificial beauty.
From precious gemstones such as diamonds and emeralds, to opals like free-shaped holograms with the use of pure gold and sand-cast in solid silver as settings, de Castellane has forged a beautiful formula known only to her.
Words / Harry Kim
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