There is a major fashion focus on this year's USA Film Festival and I, for one, could not be more pleased. Last week I shared with you the opportunity to meet 93 year-old style icon, Iris Apfel, and view the new documentary called IRIS about her life and the impact her personal has had on the fashion industry. Today, I want to share with you another fashionable film, DIOR AND I, that will play at the USA Film Festival on April 23 at the Angelikas in Dallas and Plano on April 24. You can meet the director of DIOR AND I, Frédéric Tcheng, who will be conducting Q&As both of these evenings.
Dior and I brings the viewer inside the storied world of the Christian Dior fashion house with a privileged, behind-the-scenes look at the creation of Raf Simons’ first haute couture collection as its new artistic director—a true labor of love created by a dedicated group of collaborators. Granted unprecedented access, the film documents the eight stressful weeks that Simons had to complete his debut collection. Revealing the inner workings of the design house, from the creative processes of its artistic director to the tireless seamstresses of the atelier, the film explores the personal bonds that form between the collaborators, their work, and the legacy of Christian Dior. Melding the everyday, pressure-filled components of fashion with mysterious echoes from the iconic brand’s past, the film is also a colorful homage to the seamstresses who serve Simons’ vision. The film also closely follows Florence Chehet, the dynamic and upbeat première for the atelier flou, and Monique Bailly, the anxious and quick- witted première for the atelier tailleur. “For me, they are the two most important people in the house,” says Pieter Mulier, Raf Simons’ right hand at Dior and longtime collaborator. “Because they have everything in their hands.”
Attend the Q&A with Director Frédéric Tcheng following the 7:15pm presentation Thursday, April 23 at the Angelika Dallas moderated by former runway model and fashion writer Jan Strimple
Attend the Q&A with Director Frédéric Tcheng following the 7:25pm show Friday, April 24 at the Angelika Dallas moderated by Alonso Duralde, Film Editor at The Wrap and Film & Television Critic at What The Flick
Tickets are only available at the theater via the Festival Box Office -- DAY OF SHOW ONLY -- beginning ONE HOUR BEFORE SHOWTIME. (Please do not call the theater -- they do not have ticket counts; please inquire in person beginning one hour before showtime; Lines can form earlier FYI.)