It was in 1956 at a conference at the prestigious Sorbonne in Paris that Christian Dior revealed a hidden desire: "I wanted to be an architect; but as a couturier I am obliged to follow the laws and principles of architecture."
Certainly the legendary designer would have made a brilliant architect, but his secret dream did not go neglected. Crafting his couture designs with the basis of architecture in mind — a carefully fabricated peplum, pleat or drape — keen eyes will notice Dior's every lauded collection has been elegant constructions that sculpt a woman's figure, even from his very first show. An exceptional creative vision that set into motion his empire, Dior haute joaillerie director Victoire de Castellane today translates this unique concept into eight new pieces for the Archi Dior jewellery collection, a series launched two years prior that celebrates the silhouettes of a couture line or iconic gowns.
Inspired by the Cocotte houndstooth dress from SS1948 and the Milieu du Siècle line of FW1949/1950, the new Archi Dior additions are reminiscent of the swept-back volume of the signature dress, as well as the geometrical patterns tracing the fabrics of the fall collection. Featuring white gold and diamonds, the voluminous lines of the Cocotte is fashioned into a necklace and asymmetrical ring, set into a pattern of a gathered drape. And the twining curves of the Milieu du Siècle have been transformed into sophisticated creations of pink gold, white gold and diamonds, affecting a uniquely texture ensemble with a refined polish solely belonging to the house of Dior.
The Archi Dior collection is available at Dior fine jewellery boutiques at Ion Orchard and The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands.