Sunday, March 6, 2011

Fleur d'Exces

Translated: Flowers of Excess
Unveiled: The solo debut of Victoire de Castellane's one of a kind jeweled sculptures.
The gallery: The Gagosian in Paris.
Until: March 22, 2011

Resume: Madame de Castellane is the Creative Director of Dior's Haute Joaillerie. Prior to this M. de Castellane designed for CHANEL for 14 years but has been with Dior since 1998. Victoire has said that she created her first piece of jewelry at the age of 5.

While I find it very hard to believe, M. de Castellane admits that in real life she doesn't actually like flowers. "I can't get attached to something that dies so quickly so, I make flowers that last forever".

Her exhibition at the Gagosian Gallery in Paris looks beautiful. Wish I was in Paris (sigh) !

Cana Bisextum Now

L. Es Delirium Flash

I love the whole concept of this exhibition. Victoire was thinking about how women wear jewelry only to remove and instantly hide away in some box. She wanted to experiment with displaying the pieces as sculpture. In doing so she has created each piece as a specimen with a botanical twist, even so far as to make up a fictional botanical classification system. Each piece of jewelry has a fake Latin it.

The jewels are displayed under glass, very much like Victorian curiosities.

Crystalucinae Metha Agressiva

How much fun is this ?

Extasium Ethero Coitus

Acidae Lili Pervetus

Materials in her work: laquered silver, white gold, diamonds, nephrite jade, rubies, smoked quartz.....

Isn't this fabulous ?  Totally, totally wish I was in Paris.

All photos from and

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