DIOR AND I
Written and Directed by Frédéric Tcheng
From the co-producer/co-editor of VALENTINO: THE LAST EMPEROR and co-director of DIANA VREELAND: THE EYE HAS TO TRAVEL, comes this insider look at the House of Dior—at a critical moment in 2012 when Raf Simons takes over the fabled couture label.
The women-behind-the-scenes infuse the atmosphere of the ateliers (where these amazing garments are produced) with warmth, humor, professionalism and an OCD work ethic that sees one supervisor fly to NYC for emergency work on a client’s unruly dress.
In English and French with English subtitles • Approx. 89 mins.
“Simply the best film about fashion I’ve seen.”
– Daphne Merkin, ELLE
“Tcheng’s suspenseful documentary uses its privileged access to some unusually satisfying ends. It’s an intimate portrait of a well-oiled machine… as well as a study in coolheaded leadership.”
– Josh Rothkopf, “10 Movies You Can’t Miss,” Time Out New York
“A dramatic and fascinating behind-the-scenes look at one of the industry’s great masters: Raf Simons”
– Dhani Mau, Fashionista
– Dennis Dermody, Paper
“Design is about creativity…(and) the process is intrinsically fascinating. Frederic Tcheng brings out this element and much more in his beautifully crafted DIOR AND I…multilayered, meticulously woven and a model of its kind. (The filmmaker) repositions haute couture away from something superficial…and shows that the art of design, like all art, is more about vision than price tag. In addition to handsome, crisp lensing and excellent editing, the musical selection is judiciously interpolated and supports the sense of anxious anticipation.”
– Jay Weissberg, Variety
“Offers unprecedented access into the house’s inner workings.”
– Veronique Hyland, New York Magazine’s The Cut
“The team in the atelier has enough unrehearsed spontaneous personality for a Preston Sturges film. You’ll want to see more.”
– David D’Arcy, Artinfo.com
“Terrific. Tense and absorbing because Tcheng captures the excitement and exhaustion so well. Intense and entertaining.”
– Gary M. Kramer, Indiewire
“Tcheng’s touch is deft and subtle. The most ethereal and cinematic of fashion documentaries, a rare glimpse into the life of a legendary fashion house.”
– Daniel Walber, Nonfics.com