Feature film Dior and I tracks the arrival of Raf Simons at Christian Dior in 2012 and his atelier's subsequent attempt to produce a full haute couture collection in just 8 weeks, instead of the usual 4 to 6 months. The film's title comes from a book published by Christian Dior that explores the separation between Dior, the man, and Dior, the house. Passages from this texts are read during the film, drawing comparisons between Simons' experiences designing his 'new couture' and Dior's own emotions and outlook while at the house. The star is not just Simons, but also his right-hand man Pieter Mulier, and 'premieres' Florence Chehet and Monique Bailly, who handle the dresses and tailoring respectively.
To celebrate this landmark documentary - a beautiful glimpse into a closed world - and the growing genre of fashion on the big screen, Lou Stoppard interviews the film's director Frédéric Tcheng. He opens up about gaining access to the notoriously shy Simons, his work on other acclaimed films such as Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel and his approach to filmmaking.
Dior and I will be in in selected UK cinemas from 27 March 2015.