Tribeca Film Festival: "Dior and I" Review

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When Belgian Raf Simons was hired to replace disgraced John Galliano at Dior, he only had eight weeks (as opposed to the usual four to five months) to pull together his first collection. Here, we get a behind-the-scenes looks at the gifted artisans who helped Simons realize his vision for his first Dior fashion show.
3.5

Dior And I
90 minutes
Frédéric Tcheng

‘Dior and I’ offers an enchanting look at one of the world's top fashion houses, Christian Dior. Filmmaker Frédéric Tcheng (Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel)
takes audiences behind the doors of Dior, combining unprecedented exposure with heartfelt narratives.

As the film opens, we meet Raf Simons, who has just been hired to take over as the brand’s new Artistic Director. Raj and his team have been tasked with designing Dior’s next Haute Couture collection immediately following the introduction to his new position. From there, the film becomes a fun, stressful, and artistic countdown to collection’s final debut.

‘Dior and I’ takes audiences through the process of conception to runway, revealing the gifted artisans behind the international brand. Some of the most interesting characters in the film are the typically unnoticed men and women who spend countless days and nights turning designer sketches into the gowns that walk the red carpets.

Frédéric Tcheng does a beautiful job of intertwining the modern challenges of running a major fashion house with an elegant review of the history that started it all. Using direct quotes from Christian Dior’s autobiography, ‘Dior and I’ does a wonderful job of bringing Dior’s nostalgic past to life, without losing focus of the modern challenges that come with running an international brand.

‘Dior and I’ is a pleasant journey that combines an iconic whimsical past with the challenges of modern business, telling a story that is both charming and captivating.