Although Dior is currently dealing with some unexpected changes, as Raf Simons steps down as the creative director of the French fashion house, one of the brand’s most iconic faces has never stopped playing her role as a Lady Dior Ambassador: Marion Cotillard. The French Academy-Award-winning actress, whose role as Lady Macbeth is going to come out in France on November 18, has been an ambassador and Dior house muse since 2008, being thus part of the French house’s list of charming muses, including Charlize Theron, Mila Kunis and Jennifer Lawrence. Besides Lady Macbeth, Cotillard is mainly famous for having played Edith Piaf in La Vie en Rose (2007),Inception (2010) and The Dark Knight Rises (2012).
Skillfully captured by photographer duo Mert & Marcus (renowned for their collaborations with glamorous magazines such as Vogue Paris and Vanity Fair and Fashion Houses, such as Miu Miu and Louis Vuitton), Marion Cotillard returns as the face of Lady Dior for the brand’s cruise 2016 campaign with a more sensual and almost mystical look. In the two pictures that the brand has recently released, Cotillard is captured in an intimate setting, lying on a luxurious bed covered with dusky blue satin sheets. Donning a form-fitting black dress adorned with a geometric décolleté from thebrand’s cruise 2016 collection (one of the last to be designed by former creative director Raf Simons), the 40-year-old French actress shows off both the scarlet red Lady Dior Carmine handbag and the new-era bronze Metallic Cannage, the tonalities of which stand out against the cold backdrop.
Created in 1994, Lady Dior’s quilted patterns have been inspired by the Napoleon II chairs and became internationally renowned in 1995, after Princess Diana began carrying her Lady Dior almost everywhere she made an appearance.
Marion Cotillard, who absolutely smolders in this role, matches the sensually mysterious look with smokey eye makeup and a retro-inspired hairdo, which turn her into a Roaring Twenties diva. The perfectly balanced shots reveal Cotillard’s ability to make everything look so delicate and sophisticated that we almost forget this is an advertisement campaign and not an intimate, personal shot.
Although Cotillard’s collaboration with Dior may be regarded as more traditional, the French label has never been afraid of experimenting with other kinds of talents and personalities. Breaking off with its traditions, Dior has recently collaborated with Rihanna, giving the Barbadian singer the role as the new “Secret Garden IV” collection’s muse.
Beautiful as always, Marine Cotillard’s long-life collaboration with Dior is always a pleasure to watch. You can also discover the making-of video of the campaign on DiorTV.