When Raf Simons became the new artistic director at Christian Dior, he had only eight weeks to prepare for his first haute couture collection. This behind-the scenes insight into the fashion industry does not shy away from exposing its rigid hierarchy and inherent conflict. Affectionately given a voice of their own, the ‘invisible’ artisan-seamstresses, whose contribution is paramount to such grandiose shows, also have their say. Glamorous but down-to-earth, intense but humane, this is a visual and auditory feast, not just for fashion lovers.
Dior and I | directed by Frédéric Tcheng (France, 2014) with Raf Simons, Pieter Mulier . Starts June 25
Originally published in issue #139, June 2015.