The video to support Rihanna’s Steven Klein-lensed Dior campaign (making her the first woman of color to star in ads for the fashion house) has just been released. The brand, which has a history of doing short fashion films to accompany their advertising campaigns (Natalie Portman chartering a heli, anyone?), has been teasing bits from the fourth installment of the Secret Garden series on its website all week. The setting? Oh just a little palace called Versailles, possibly the most opulent locale in the world, but it’s no sweat for Dior which has a relationship with the chateau that dates back to the days of Monsieur Dior and his famed Versailles collection. (The brand is also sponsoring an exhibition of Anish Kapoor’s works in the gardens this summer.)
The short film shows Rihanna in a dreamlike scenario, running though the manicured gardens, twirling in the moonlight, dancing through the Hall of Mirrors. She wears a mix of long, flowing frocks and spangled creations from Raf Simons’s Esprit Dior collection that showed in Tokyo this past December. The exclusive soundtrack includes the initial strums of “Only If For a Night,” from the singer’s upcoming album. Given the esteemed nature of the Dior brand, we suppose this is a better choice than her current hit, “BBHMM” (aka “Bitch Better Have My Money”).