Dior straits make for compelling show
WHO would have thought the world of fashion could be a tension-filled and white-knuckle industry?
While the models prowling the catwalk look cool, calm and collected as they parade the latest couture, behind the scenes is a flurry of ambitious ideas, looming deadlines and last-minute changes.
In 2012, Belgian fashion designer Raf Simons scored the plum job of creative designer at top fashion house Christian Dior in France.
His background in menswear design suggests a simplicity that may not translate in his new role, but with only eight weeks to prepare for his first haute couture collection, his ideas seem bolder than anyone could have anticipated.
Wanting to create dresses out of his favourite artist’s paintings, a tricky project to realise, the pressure is on and the staff behind the scenes that create everything by hand must work around the clock to beat their deadline.
Not only is Dior and I a rare behind-the-scenes look at how fashion is created or a window into the lives and camaraderie of the crew that make the magic happen (some have been there for decades), but a story of making dreams come true.
Watching it unfold is like sitting through a tightly wound thriller.
Just like icy Meryl Streep educates goofy Anne Hathaway on the importance of fashion in The Devil Wears Prada, Dior and I shows us the blood, sweat and tears that goes into making something brilliant and the result is breathtaking; this truly is a stunning art form.
You will come away from DiorandI with a greater appreciation of what on the surface sometimes looks like a vacuous industry.
The film is a vivid account of the fashion world we don’t usually see.