Christian Dior, one of the greatest couturiers in the history of fashion was oft quoted as saying, "A dress is a piece of architecture." This unique vision translated to a design ethos focused on every single element – a peplum, a drape, a pleat – working together to create a gravity defying piece perfectly sculpted to the curves of a woman's body. Clearly he was onto something, the house of Dior boasts a fiercely loyal roll call of red carpet royalty (think: Jennifer Lawrence, Lupita Nyong'o, Emma Watson, Natalie Portman) regularly seen in Dior designs. And so of course, the Dior fine jewellery line is an immaculate extension of the brand's legendary style rules.
In tribute to Dior's unique fashion-as-architecture vision, two years ago Victoire de Castellane designed the Archi Dior fine jewellery collection, then last year a second high-shine heavy metal collection arrived with each piece taking the name of a couture line or an iconic dress. Fast forward to this year, and the Archi Dior jewellery collection extends to eight showstopping new pieces inspired by the Cocotte houndstooth dress from the S/S 1948 collection and the Milieu du Siècle line from the A/W 1949-1950 presentation.
Specifically, the silhouette of the Cocotte design gave rise to an asymmetric ring and necklace in cool white gold and diamonds. And the curves of the Milieu du Siècle collection appear in a gold and diamond necklace, two sets of white gold and diamond earrings, as well as three rings in white gold and diamonds, and also rose gold (your call to add diamonds or not). Of the collection, the Creative Director of Dior Joaillerie said, "I selected the strongest and most interesting movements in order to adapt them in metal. It's no longer a pleated dress, but the idea of a pleat." Add to your wish-list now.