Raf Simons had only eight weeks to produce his debut couture collection for Dior in July 2012 following the brand’s abrupt dismissal of John Galliano. Come April 17th, during New York’s annual Tribeca Film Festival, his inaugural reiteration of the house’s storied “new look” will unfold in a new documentary, Dior et Moi.
The film, from Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel director Frédéric Tcheng, will give a first-hand account of Simons’ journey following his climactic Jil Sander swan song. According to its synopsis, Dior et Moi conveys “a true labor of love by a dedicated, charming, and often humorous group of collaborators.” Aside from chronicling adventures of the clothiers who brought Simons’ vision to life, Dior et Moi will also offer a much-needed profile of one of the fashion industry’s most discreet minds.
Dior et Moi will compete for the World Documentary honor at TFF, against 11 other titles, including Dan Sickles and Antonio Santini’s look at the transgender community in Puerto Rico (Mala Mala), and Marshall Curry’s Point and Shoot which “captures one man’s arresting transformation from a sheltered kid to a soldier on the front lines.” As the only style-centric film in competition, if Dior et Moi walks away with, say, a Best Documentary Feature or Best Editing win, cast and crew will wear it well.