The Rose Dior Bagatelle collection designed by Victoire de Castellane pays homage to the flower that Monsieur Dior cultivated in his garden with such passion. The story began in 1906 in the hills above Granville in Normandy within the gardens on the property where the Dior family had recently settled. Around the villa, Christian Dior's mother built a lush garden from the ground up combining rare species of plants. It was young Christian who created and designed the rose garden. Throughout his life, the rose remained his favourite flower. It was key motif in his fashions (featured in prints, embroidery, brocades, etc.) and an essential note in his fragrances.
Furthermore, the very name of his childhood home – les Rhumbs – is also a subtle reference to the rose: it defines the cardinal divisions of space, which in French is called 'la rose des vents', or windrose. Therefore, the rose, which was so vital to the life and work of the designer, has also become essential to Dior Jewellery collections such as Rose Dior Bagatelle, which was inspired by both young Christian's original garden and the rose garden in the Parc de Bagatelle in Paris with its endless array of rose varieties. These jewelled flowers come in a harmony of symbolic colours.