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French Flick

When: Wed., July 15 2015

When asked about how he first came up with the concept for Dior and I, his new documentary film that provides a behind-the-scenes look at Raf Simons’ first haute couture collection as Christine Dior’s new artistic director, director Frédéric Tcheng simply says “it was a matter of good timing and a chance encounter.” The truth is, he was in Paris presenting Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel, the previous documentary he had worked on. In the audience at the screening was the man who’s the head of communications at Dior. He came up to him at the end of the screening and told him he liked Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel and they started talking about Dior’s future and what was going to happen because they were still looking for a designer. He told Tcheng there was going to be an announcement “fairly soon.” Tcheng thought he had a good enough premise for a feature. He waited patiently until Raf Simons was indeed announced as the designer and then flew to Paris almost immediately. The movie shows how difficult it was for Simons to establish his own personality with the ghost of Christian Dior hanging over the French design studios. The film also shows what makes the mercurial Simons tick. It screens tonight at 7 at the Cleveland Museum of Art. It screens again at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $9. (Niesel)

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