Secret Garden by Dior at Versailles

The Secret Garden by Dior
Depeche Mode never sounded so good before!

Sometimes the stars align and perfection is born.
Dior's 'The Secret Garden' truly is genius film by the brilliant minds of
Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin,
starring Daria Strokus, Melissa Stasiuk and Xiao Wen Ju
in La Galeries Des Glaces at the Château de Versailles.

So perfect in a 'Last Year at Marienbad" kind of way, we could almost cry!

Before the camera lens of Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin, the looks from the fall 2012 collection are brought to glorious life. In a deserted Versailles, as if plucked from a fantasy, the model Daria Strokous invites you to follow her on a wondrous path that winds through the Galerie des Glaces, through the palace's endless interconnecting salons, as far as the grand tree-lined walks that sweep through the classic parkland à la française.

Along the way she's joined by fellow models Melissa Stasiuk and Xiao Wen Ju for a dreamlike fashion show where Versailles is transformed into Christian Dior's secret garden, his emblematic château. D'or et Dior.

Truly decadent...but in such a good way...
Louis XIV would be so very proud.

Christian Dior and the Château de Versailles have a history stretching back to the very beginnings of the house. From the first collections, the names of the looks made direct reference to it: Versailles, Trianon, Bal à Trianon, Fête à Trianon, and many more besides. Countless dresses were photographed in the gardens, the courtyards and the peristyles, most notably by Willy Maywald. The spring-summer 1955 collection made clear its principal source of inspiration: "As sumptuous as they are discreet, [the embroideries] drew their spirit from the Indies as much as they did from Versailles", the couturier explained. That same season, even the gold embroidery thread would be re-baptized, with Christian Dior speaking of "Versailles gold braid". 

A royal domain throughout four reigns (from Louis XIII to Louis XVI), Versailles symbolizes, in effect, both the splendor and the good taste of France. Gold is ubiquitous, a reference to Louis XIV, the Sun King. It was also here, in the Orangerie of the château, that the fashion show celebrating the 60th anniversary of the house of Dior took place. An important date, it merited an equally strong symbolic statement: that it is from here that French luxury traces its origins, the luxury that Christian Dior revived in 1947 after the years of war-enforced privation. And, last but not least, it was also here, in the Galerie des Glaces, that director Jean-Jacques Annaud filmed his latest advertising spectacular for J'adore with Charlize Theron.