For almost three years, Raf Simons, the Creative Director of women’s wear at Christian Dior, has been reinventing and bringing fresh, new vigor to the architectural curves of the flower-women conceived by Christian Dior from 1947. Screened for the first time in April 2014 at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York, the Christian Dior ‘Dior and I’, directed by Frédéric Tcheng, focuses on the eight weeks that marked Raf Simons’ debut at the House. From his discovery of the House ateliers and archives to the production of his first haute couture show, it provides a discreet immersion into his creative process. ‘Dior and I’ will be shown in several cities around the world as of April 2015.
‘Dior and I’ brings the viewer inside the storied world of the Christian Dior fashion house with a privileged, behind-the-scenes look at the creation of Raf Simons’ first haute couture collection as its new artistic director—a true labor of love created by a dedicated group of collaborators. Melding the everyday, pressure- filled components of fashion with mysterious echoes from the iconic brand’s past, the film is also a colorful homage to the seamstresses who serve Simons’ vision.
Director Frédéric Tcheng is a French-born filmmaker. Originally trained in civil engineering, he moved to New York City in 2002 to attend Columbia University’s film school, from which he obtained a Masters of Fine Arts in 2007. He co-produced, co-edited and co-shot Valentino: The Last Emperor (directed by Matt Tyrnauer), the 2009 hit documentary shortlisted for the Best Documentary Oscar. His collaborations include such varied personalities as the poet Sarah Riggs and the fashion photographer Mikael Jansson. He works as an editor on commercials for brands such as H&M, Jimmy Choo and Salvatore Ferragamo.