Dior returns to Versailles with second Secret Garden film

 

Dior has released its second Secret Garden of Versailles film, once again shot by Inez Van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin and already well on its way to viral success.

Less than 24-hours since release, and the 60-second spot from creative director Raf Simons has over 3.5 million views on YouTube. That follows hot on the heels of the first film’s 24 million views to-date for both its short and long formats combined.

The latest one sees model Daria Strokous moving from the marble hallways of the grounds’ Grand Trianon into its accompanying parkland where a bevy of other “flower women” are waiting to join her. The result is an altogether more sinister, yet equally ethereal piece of creative to last season – silhouettes among centuries-old trees, autumnal picnics surrounded by layers of heavy mist and a doubtless sense of surrealism in an enchanted forest befitting the Secret Garden title.

“Versailles hums with well-kept secrets,” reads the write-up, referencing the idea of “an extraordinary world of poetry and colour” and inspiration pooled from Marie Antoinette on the one hand and Edouard Manet’s 1863 painting “Le Déjeuner sur l’Herbe” on the other.

The fashion house’s autumn 2013 collection is front and centre, as is its Diorissimo handbag in a variety of colours seen tightly embraced by Strokous. Best of all, however, Depeche Mode provides the soundtrack again, this time with Behind the Wheel from 1987.

Below are some of the shots from its print campaign:

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