The Sparkling World of DIOR
with Victoire de Castellane
In Conversation with Olivier Gabet
Wednesday, May 26, 2021
Online • In English
For two decades, Victoire de Castellane has breathed life into fantastical jewels as creative director of Dior Joaillerie. Her extraordinary baubles artfully and extravagantly reference pop culture, the legacy of Dior, the natural world, and much more. To celebrate her 20th anniversary in this position, Rizzoli has published the luxurious volume Dior Joaillerie: The Dictionary of Victoire de Castellane.
In conversation with Olivier Gabet, director of the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris, de Castellane will share her approach to jewelry and describe where she finds inspiration, from her first collections, to the acclaimed Bal de Roses pieces, to the Gem Dior collection launched in 2019 in Venice.
40 minutes with Q&A
Victoire de Castellane
Victoire de Castellane is a French jewelry designer and creative director of Dior Joaillerie.
She lives and works in Paris. She started her career alongside Karl Lagerfeld at Chanel, overseeing the house’s costume jewelry designs for 14 years. Since 1998, she has gained international recognition and acclaim as creative director of Christian Dior’s fine jewelry division, a role she continues to this day. Her personal work has been exhibited in art settings, including a solo show, Fleur d’excès, at Gagosian Gallery in 2011. In 2014, Animalvegetablemineral, the second personal exhibition of unique objects by Victoire de Castellane, was presented by Gagosian Gallery in both London and New York. In 2020, Rizzoli published The A to Z of Victoire de Castellane, marking 20 years of Dior Joaillerie, conceived as a personal and heartfelt dictionary of 158 words that are defined and explored by Olivier Gabet, director of the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris.
Learn more at victoiredecastellane.com
Olivier Gabet is the director of the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris.
A specialist in 19th-century decorative arts and a graduate of the French Ecole Nationale des Chartes and the Ecole Nationale du Patrimoine, Olivier Gabet began his career as curator at the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris. In January 2005 he joined the Musée d’Orsay. Three years later he joined Agence France-Muséums which piloted the Louvre Abu Dhabi project, first as curator in charge of decorative arts, then as deputy scientific director: he was instrumental in the design and development of the scientific and cultural projects. In September 2013, Gabet was appointed director of the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris, where he has curated several exhibitions including Piero Fornasetti (2015), The spirit of Bauhaus (2016), Christian Dior, couturier du rêve (2017), and Luxes (2020). In addition, he also manages the collections of the Musée Nissim de Camondo.