Between Dior’s spring 2013 campaign and fall 2013 collection, there’s no doubt which artistic movement gets Raf Simons’s motor running. Pretty much everything he’s done at the storied house has had a surrealist vibe to it. But for Dior’s fall 2013 campaign, Simons, ever the art historian, mixed things up a bit, keeping the dream-like quality of surrealism–and adding a dash of impressionism and rococo.
The fall campaign, called the ‘Secret Garden – Versailles,’ was, as the name suggests, actually shot at Versailles by Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin, and stars Daria Strokus, Melissa Stasiuk and Xiao Wen Ju. The follow up to the first film, which hit YouTube in May, just debuted stateside: Behold, ‘Secret Garden – Versailles 2,’ a film as luscious and dreamy as the first.
“The chateau and its park abound with well-kept secrets,” the video description reads. “The heart of the royal land conceals an extraordinary world of poetry and color: in the depth of its mysterious woods a secret garden blooms out of sight, inhabited by flower-women.”
Flower-women, lots of Dior–and a generous dose of art history.
According to WWD, one of the scenes was inspired by Édouard Manet’s famed ‘Luncheon on the Grass,’ painted between 1862-1863. We’d also venture to guess that some of the scenes were inspired by Fragonard’s seminal rococo painting ‘The Swing,’ painted ca. 1767. Mixing art eras never looked so good.
Watch the full video below.