Dior and I is a very charming and realistic look inside the realities of running a legendary house such as Christian Dior.
The star of this documentary is Raf Simons who has recently taken on the role as creative director of the house.
To see a designer so vulnerable and to follow him in this extremely daunting role feels like a rare glimpse into a level of fashion and design, often not seen. His candidness is refreshing. In a car ride Simons relays, is he a minimalist? No. Did he work for a minimalist brand? Yes. It’s the hurtle he feels he’s up against being defined by one thing (referring to his past role as creative director of Jil Sander), when he is of course capable of much more than what has defined him thus far.Â By being so straight forward, Simons instantly becomes relatable.
The film reminds you how human these great designers are by relaying Simons daily activities, thoughts and insecurities against those of the houses founder Christian Dior. Excerpts from Dior’s personal journals are narrated throughout the film while Simons wanders through the same emotional triumphs and turmoils Dior himself had to face.
It’s a wonderful film that serves to give a personalization, names and faces, to a house that is so legendary in its own right.