On the surface, Frédéric Tcheng’s documentary suggests an advertorial for the house of Dior (owned these days by massive conglomerate LVMH). Intriguing quotes from legendary founder Christian Dior are deployed to paint the new artistic director Raf Simons as a worthy successor.
As it happens, Simons’ inaugural haute couture collection is gorgeous, but the focus here isn’t on selling clothes that only the super-rich can afford. The film is about Simons himself, an affable Belgian who befuddles the staff by asking to be called Raf, and his relationship with the Dior studio where the clothes are sewn by hand, down to the last bead.
The heart of “Dior and I” is with these seamstresses and cutters, artists in their own right. It’s deeply touching...Full review >>