It’s 1947. France is in the midst of reconstruction after the war. Although fabrics are being rationed, a young designer wins the world over to his daring vision of feminine elegance. He once again establishes Paris as the capitol of fashion. His name, Christian Dior, is destined to reach the realm of myth.
This man, however, who so completely changed and glamorized haute couturefrom 1947 to 1957, contradicts the extroverted, flamboyant image the public has of fashion designers. Christian Dior, never comfortable with his celebrity, was a reserved, conservative man who hadn’t even considered working in the fashion industry. The events that led up to his role as “director of dreams for high society” astonished him more than anyone. He was a down-to-earth, humble man who treated the 900 employees of his large company as family. They were the ones he worked with to make the creations he so enjoyed drawing a reality.
What are the roots of Dior’s impeccable taste? What inspired his dynamic creativity and amazing success? His childhood in Normandy, the everlasting image of his mother’s elegance, as well as his love of flowers, art, and architecture, help unravel the mystery of the man behind the myth.
Director: Philippe Lanfranchi
Producers: French Connection Films, AVRO
Length: 52 minutes
Languages: English, French, Dutch, Spanish, Portugeuse, Swedish, Finnish, Polish
Partners: CNC (French Film Board), Christian Dior Couture, Dior Museum, French Televisions Distribution
Broadcasters: France 5, Histoire (France), SVT (Sweden), YLE & YLE Teema (Finland), AVRO (Netherlands), RTP (Portugal), VRT (Belgium), MTV (Hungary), STV (Cameroon), Motion Pictures (Spain), TVP & Planete (Poland), TV5 Monde (Worldwide), History 24 (Netherlands), Swiss TV (Switzerland), Stylia (France), Bahrain TV (Bahrain), British Airways, Swiss Air, Air Canada, Air France, Qatar Airways, Emirates, Sri Lankan Air, Jet Airways India, Singapore Airlines, France 3 Normandie (short version)
New York Film Festival 2007
International Festival of Films on Art (Montreal) 2006