Statement-Making Jewels by Dior

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This week Dior once again made headlines at Paris Fashion Week - 70 years on from their landmark debut. To mark the iconic brand's anniversary, Sotheby’s Paris is launching its first online only sale dedicated to Dior’s costume jewellery. Love for this imaginative category of jewellery, and for its unrestricted opulence, is at the heart of these designs created by Dior, the majority originating from the Galliano period. The pieces' fascinating inspiration takes us from Victorian England to Maasai Africa, by way of the India of the Maharajas. This collection tells the story of the passion of successive Dior artistic directors and gives us an insight into their infinite vision and imagination. Click ahead to see highlights.

Christian Dior, Bijoux de Mode: Fashion Jewellery Online
20 September–4 October 2017 | Online

Statement-Making Jewels by Dior

  • Olivia Howitt / Sotheby's
    Lot 20, Christian Dior by John Galliano, Important necklace of gilt brass.
    Estimate €1,500-2,500.
    This is a prototype from the runway , manufactured by Gossens and worn on the catwalk by Shalom Harlow. Less than a year after John Galliano became Dior's head designer, Masai necklaces were already a recurrent theme in his collections. These stiff high necklaces were also the main inspiration for the iconic bottle of J'adore perfume, released in 1999.

  • Olivia Howitt / Sotheby's
    Lot 63, Christian Dior by John Galliano, necklace of enamel, beads and a pair of ear ornaments of rhinestones, glass and silver-grey metal (pictured).
    Estimate €500-700.
    John Galliano was inspired many times by the Art Deco creations of the famous jewellers from Place Vendôme, Paris, especially those designed for the Indian market. The sautoir of orange and silver beads and the necklace in this lot are adorned with a miniature portrait of a Maharaja surrounded with rhinestones, suspending imitation pearls, signed Christian Dior Boutique on the reverse. The ear motifs that are pictured here are composed of rings of various sizes embellished with rhinestones connected to a gadrooned orange glass drop.

  • Olivia Howitt / Sotheby's
    Lot 186, Christian Dior by Marc Bohan, Necklace of silvery brass and Swarovksi crystal.
    Estimate €400-600.
    The motif of biker chains was widely used by Marc Bohan and Gianfranco Ferre, as well as John Galliano. The centre of his necklace is adorned with Swarovski crystals forming the word Dior.

  • Olivia Howitt / Sotheby's
    Lot 46, Christian Dior by John Galliano, Bun pin and pair of ear pendants of silvery metal and rhinestones (pictured).
    Estimate €500-700.
    Runway prototypes from the “Creating a New Dance” Collection, the bun pin and ear pendants (pictured) features a motif of wheat stalks adorned with rhinestones.  

  • Olivia Howitt / Sotheby's
    Lot 31, Christian Dior by John Galliano, Important head ornament of zamac, porcelain and Swarovski crystal.
    Estimate €2,000-3,000.
    Originally worn by model Maggie Rizer as part of 1999/2000’s Matrix Collectcion, this head ornament is set with Swarovski crystals and hand painted Sèvre porcelain medallions with decoration of lotus flowers.  

  • Olivia Howitt / Sotheby's
    Lot 94, Christian Dior by John Galliano, Large belt of gilt metal.
    Estimate €800-1,200.
    Taken from the 2006 pre-spring collection, this belt of gilt metal features seven rows of chains with flat links ornamented with alternating hearts, roses and shields, holding bells and Dior logos.

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