Dior and I Film Review

Film Review by Jarred Tito
Dior and I

The Premise
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.

The Review
As you would expect with any story, article or documentary involving one of the world’s most endearing fashion icons and recognizable designer brands, Dior and I, has that certain, how do the French say it…”une qualité romantique mystérieuse”… “A mysterious romantic quality” to it. From the moment the movie begins to the very end I found myself captured by the whole notion of fashion and what it truly is. Fashion at what must be considered, the highest and most recognized level.

All to often we are bombarded with reality television shows that portray the frantic, manic and often heart breaking episodic lives of those struggling designers craving to make their mark but seldom are we afforded the opportunity to gaze into the lives of those who are already there.

The film makers wander around the sewing compartments, talk to the designers, mingle with the seamstresses, chat with Christian Dior’s Premier (The Head Dress Maker) and basically capture moments from Dior’s staff at almost every conceivable level, including the very top. However, this film is not sole dedicated to showcasing the behind the scenes but has much more.

The brand or Label, Christian Dior, immediately evokes thoughts of decadents, memories of Hollywood starlets and sometimes dreams of ‘maybe one day I could?’  I must admit that even I found it quite intriguing taking a look around in the place of dreams much in the same way the golden ticket holders might have felt taking a peek into Willy Wonker’s chocolate factory. But what I found more intriguing was taking a look into the mind and thoughts of fashion’s own ‘royalty’ himself, Christian Dior.

Dior And I quite cleverly illustrates the life of Christian Dior through the contemporary manifestation and work of Raf, the new visionary and chief designer for CD. The filmmaker uses a mixture of quotes and historical footage of Christian Dior and masterfully blends them with the contemporary work of Raf as he takes on the mammoth job of creating the latest Christian Dior Show in only six weeks. The results are quite amazing.

I am quite sure that this is the film of dreams for many aspiring young fashion designers, which is loaded with many truthful moments. It’s also an historical piece, which salutes one of the world’s most influential fashion designers, Christian Dior and welcomes one of its newer members. Thirdly, this is a movie of revelation. A revelation to many of the work and pressures of a very unforgiving and transient industry.

The Verdict
I enjoyed how this story was woven together. Blending the old with the new, the classic with the contemporary and the traditional with the visionary. The editing was subtle and the narrative easy to follow. Yet, much like a Christian Dior original, when everything is sown together, it becomes something quite remarkable and something to behold. Whether that was the intention of the filmmaker or not, it seems to be the way the story unfolded. As a viewer, I felt for a short while, as though I was part of the fashion world, part of the Christian Dior project. It’s not often that a movie takes me there. Perhaps it is that, how do you say…? The film has, “une qualité romantique mystérieuse”. ‘Dior and I’ has a mysterious romantic quality to it and is very enjoyable and informative and so I can’t help but to recommend it.

The Trailer

The Info
Releases: 2nd April 2015
Rating: M – Contains offensive language
Duration: 90 minutes 
Genre:  Documentary
Starring: Raf Simons, Marion Cotillard, Anna Wintour
Director: Frédéric Tcheng (Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel)