Frederic Tcheng’s film, Dior and I, provides a rare behind the scenes insight into the world of haute couture.
It also documents an extraordinary piece of fashion history ‚Äď the creation of the first ever Christian Dior haute couture collection by Raf Simons following his appointment as the House’s creative director. It also happens to be Simons first time doing haute couture. And not only that but he and the dedicated team at Christian Dior have just eight weeks to create it, as opposed to the usual five or six months. The pressure is on! Especially as everything is made by hand.
Tcheng follows Simons, his right hand at Dior, Pieter Mulier and the in-house ateliers as they ultimately create a collection that is so incredibly beautiful as it is modern that it is hailed as a triumph, moving Simons to tears.
Dior is one of the last houses that still keep ateliers in-house: atelier tailleur (for suiting) and atelier flou (for dresses). Many of the steamstresses have worked here for more than 40 years. Christian Dior only helmed his house for ten years before his death in 1957 aged 52.
The film also includes the voice of Christian Dior himself, and the parallels between Dior and Simons thinking and approach are uncanny.
A must see, Dior and I, is in New Zealand cinemas from April 2.