Fashion’s Next Big Documentary Trains the Camera on Raf Simons at Dior

Dior and I

From the producer Frédéric Tcheng, who brought us Valentino: The Last Emporer (which was as entertaining as it was illuminating) and Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel, which Tcheng co-directed in 2011, comes Dior and I, premiering at the Tribeca Film Festival next month.

The documentary isn’t a retrospective of a decades-long career, as in Tcheng’s other films.  Instead, the filmmaker focuses on Raf Simons, and his several seasons’ worth of tenure at Christian Dior.  The doc specifically examines how the designer and his team managed to more or less throw together his first haute couture collection for the label in eight weeks, after Simons came on board post-John Galliano meltdown.  (This process typically takes closer to five months.)

When the film opens on April 17, it promises to provide real insight into how couture actually works, while adding Simons to the pantheon of designers deserving of a titular documentary film.