Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris

Dries Van Noten - Inspirations
Exhibition from March 1st to August 31st, 2014

From March 1st to August 31st, 2014, the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris will be presenting “Dries Van Noten - Inspirations”, an exhibition devoted to the Belgian fashion designer and his influences. One of these influences was the filmmaker/artist, Jean Cocteau - one of the exhibition windows will be displaying Cocteau's academician sword, which was created by Cartier in 1955 and is on loan for the occasion by the Cartier Collection.
The design of the sword represents the many talents of Jean Cocteau: his skills as a poet are represented by a profile of Orpheus and his lyre (embellished with an emerald gifted by Coco Chanel); his art is symbolized by the image of a horizontal charcoal stick; and his inner playwright is referenced by the drapery around the column, a hint to theatre curtains. In addition, the five-pointed star made of diamonds and rubies is the famous pictogram of his trademark signature. Together, this mélange of creative work has inspired another creative mind today…

Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris

Les Arts Décoratifs, Paris, exhibition: “Dries Van Noten - Inspirations”

Photo: Les Arts Décoratifs/Luc Boegly

Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris

Academician’s sword made for Jean Cocteau
Cartier Paris, 1955

Gold, silver
Emerald, rubies, diamond
Ivory, onyx, blue enamel
Steel blade

Length 87.0 cm

Copyright: Nils Herrmann, Cartier Collection © Cartier