Dior and I”. Photo credit: Dogwoof, LTD
Christian Dior. The name evokes images of elegance, sophistication and the unique look of the classically beautiful woman. Although criticized by some for being the designer of many Nazi wives during World War II, it must be said that as an employee of fashion house, Lucien Lelong, he had little choice but to comply, and after the war in 1946, Dior went on to open his own house. He always designed with flowers in mind, wishing to give women a more feminine and sensual shape, pulling them back from the stout, baggy trend of war-era fashion.
Dior died in 1957, the cause of his death as of yet inconclusive;what is certain is the importance of his legacy in the world of haute couture. This new documentary directed by Frederic Tcheng portrays what has until now been a sight for a privileged few: a bird’s eye view inside Maison Dior and its famed group of designers, seamstresses and premiers whose dedication to perfection and the Dior name, strive to make each piece a unique work of art. The film follows newly appointed Dior Creative Director Raf Simons as he prepares his debut in the world of high fashion with his first collection for the House of Dior, with a slight catch: he has only eight weeks to pull it off.
As Simons and his new crew race to prepare for what seems to be a nearly impossible feat, they must in the process also learn to adapt to each other and their creative differences, working together in order to achieve the maximum goal: create a collection worthy of the name “Dior”.