Raf Simons is the latest fashion designer to get the documentary treatment.
"Dior and I" ("Dior et Moi" en français) will open the Tribeca Film Festival's World Documentary competition on April 17. Written and directed by Frederic Tcheng, the film will chronicle the creation of Simons's debut couture collection for the storied French fashion house.
Simons's story is in good hands -- Tcheng also worked on "Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel" and "Valentino: The Last Emperor." That said, it does seem a tad early for Simons, who has only been at Dior for two years, to be the subject of a documentary. Of course, he joined the company under unusual and intriguing circumstances, which the documentary will presumably touch on.
Based on a synopsis put out by Tribeca Film, it sounds like the doc won't solely focus on Simons, but will also document his team: "Beautifully melding the everyday, pressure-filled components of fashion with a mysterious and elegant reverence for the history of this iconic brand, Tcheng’s colorful homage to the seamstresses of the atelier is nothing short of magical."
Needless to say, our interest is piqued. Simons is one of the industry's quieter figures, and we're excited to get a closer look at the designer and his world.
Advance selection ticket packages and passes to the Tribeca Film Festival are now on sale for American Express Card Members, and go on sale Monday, March 10 for the general public.