From 27 March 2015
If you weren’t the lucky winner of tickets to a preview of Dior & I in our prize draw a few weeks back, then you can now see the movie on general release. And what a treat it is. The film follows Belgian designer, Raf Simons as he arrives at Christian Dior in the spring of 2012 and produces his first haute couture collection in just eight weeks (as opposed to the usual six months). With a background in menswear and later, as head of a minimalist house (Jil Sander) Simons wasn’t ever an obvious choice for Dior, but through his beautifully constructed narrative, director Frédéric Tcheng illustrates how Simons deftly jolted the storied house into the 21st century. Tcheng has form for highly watchable fashion films – he produced the wonderful Valentino film The Last Emperor and co-directed the brilliant Vreeland memoir, The Eye Has To Travel. Dior and I is spliced with archive footage and narrative from the house founder, who shot to fame with his New Look in 1947, and who, like Simons, struggled with the very public role that his success brought. We follow Simons as he constructs his mood-boards with his team, plunges into the incredible archive and visits Christian Dior’s childhood home – a pale pink and grey mansion on the Normandy coast. But the heart and soul of the film is in the couture ateliers where Simons’ vision is brought to life by the incredible talent of the seamstresses. Elegant, witty and utterly inspiring, this is an emotional journey not to be missed.