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BELLADONE ISLAND
Victoire de Castellane & Guido Mocafico

Steidl, 2007
Hardcover
80 pages
35 colour illustrations
ISBN: 9783865214782

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Victoire de Castellane, the designer of Dior Joaillerie, presents her collection of Fine Jewellery on the Belladone Island - an imaginary island conducive to the growth of Belladonna, a toxic plant whose essence was used as eye drops by Italian women during the Renaissance to dilate their pupils - dilated pupils being one of the signs of sexual arousal. The plant kingdom inspired the names of the jewels in their collection, plants which were part of the imaginary ancestral herbarium .

The first part of the book, designed to represent the extravagant nature of this collection as accurately as possible, is generously illustrated by Guido Mocafico's photographs. The second part also shows the various phases involved in unveiling this collection and its final presentation in the hall Nymphèas de Monet at the musèe de l'Orangerie.

 

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