We went to catch a viewing of it at Lincoln Center and here are five things we learned interspersed with 10 looks from that collection.
Raf Simons does not and never has considered himself a minimalist – When Raf took on the job of creative director at Christian Dior, like Cathy Horyn admits in the film, he was mostly considered the dark horse. That was because he came from the house of Jil Sander. But in the film Simons makes it clear, he is not a minimalist, he’s a realist, he just happened to have worked for a minimal brand.
There are two parts to the Dior atelier – During Raf’s first day we meet the workers of the atelier, two of whom are the premieres. They function as the heads of two components of the ateliers, atelier flou and atelier taileur, one for dresses and one for tailoring. They are integral not only to the film but to the line.
Les petits mains choose their own dresses – Under each premiere are les petits main, or the workers. Particularly for the dress atelier, each worker makes one look and they — for the most part — are allowed to choose their own. Of course the ones that are brilliant technicians are sometimes forced to do the more difficult looks.
Couturiers use the same DIY tricks that you do – We’re not talking tie-dye, though that totally could happen. In the film the team is saddled with the conundrum of having a coat in white when they need it in black. The solution? Spray paint it!
The guy in the Raf Simons finale photos is Pieter Mulier – The ‘Dior and I‘ film introduces the world to Pieter Mulier, Raf Simons’ studio director at Dior. Mulier has been working with Raf for a Dior, first as a head designer at his own brand and then the head of accessories at Jil Sander and now over the studio at Dior. He acts as a confident and competent — did we mention charming — go between and is definitely a hero of the work.