Dior Takes Versailles in New Fashion Film

Ever wish you could cut loose in an empty Versailles? As long as watchful tour guides exist, you probably won't be able to make that dream a reality, but we can all live vicariously through models Daria Strokous, Melissa Stasiuk and Xiao Wen Ju, who got to do just that in a Dior film that premieres today. And of course, as the trio cavorts through the palace halls and perfectly manicured gardens, they're wearing plenty of finery from the Fall 2012 collection.

Set to Depeche Mode's "Enjoy the Silence," the clip was directed by Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin. (A brief teaser was released earlier this week.)

It turns out, the House of Dior and the House of Louis XIV go way back—all the way to the 1940's and '50s, when Christian Dior designed dresses named after Versailles and the Trianon palace, and the palace of Versailles itself was the site of many a Dior fashion shoot. More recently, the brand's 60th anniversary show was held at Versailles, as was the shoot for its J'Adore fragrance ads starring Charlize Theron. So it makes sense that the house would remain loyal to the French landmark. In fact, a special "CD" topiary was even added for the filming.

Now, if you'll excuse us, we're off to re-watch Marie Antoinette.