Compelling documentary follows Raf Simons as he prepares his first collection for iconic French fashion house
After 2011’s Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has To Travel, a portrait of the 1960s Vogue editor, director Frédéric Tcheng returns to the fashion world for his second documentary. Dior And I follows Belgian designer Raf Simons as he becomes Creative Director of Christian Dior in 2012, and prepares his first collection for the revered French label. Tcheng over-eggs Dior’s 70-year legacy, and a voiceover of excerpts from the memoirs of Christian Dior himself is distracting. But Tcheng also balances candid glimpses of Simons’ fragile emotions – he sobs when the collection is unveiled – with intimate insights into Dior’s workshop, where the potential for tension between Simons and his new colleagues makes Dior And I compelling.