Rihanna‘s campaign for Christian Dior is the fourth chapter in the Secret Garden saga was filmed by Steven Klein at Versailles to the soundtrack of the singer’s intro to her new album, Only If For A Night. Klein said;
“Rihanna’s mystery and intrigue combined with her razor-sharp looks and sensibility, are the essential, perfect elements to create the stage for Secret Garden.”
The campaign shows the pop star carrying the Diorama bag, and wearing a silver sequinned dress, and a sheath of a veil while running through the Salons of the Gods and dancing in the Hall of Mirrors. The palace has held a particular significance with the house of Christian Dior, with the designer himself drawing inspiration from its imposing architecture in the Fifties.
For Rihanna, being asked to star in the campaign was exciting. She told MTV News:
“It feels fantastic. It is such a big deal for me, for my culture, for a lot of young girls of any colour. I think, to be acknowledged by Dior is just… it means a lot as a woman to feel beautiful, and elegant, and timeless.”
The place was also the setting for the house’s J’Adore perfume advert starring Charlize Theron, as well as the previous three Secret Garden films below. Watch.
(Photo, Steven Klein; via Vogue UK)