Fashion documentary, Dior & I, which was written and directed by Frédéric Tcheng, is debuting today at the Tribeca Film Festival. The film is about the “storied world that is the House of Christian Dior with a privileged, behind-the-scenes look at the creation of Raf Simons’ first Dior Haute Couture collection as Artistic Director.” In light of its debut, Elle broke the film down by the numbers and here are some of our favorite stats …
Raf Simons had 8 weeks to create his first haute couture collection. Most couturiers create for 4-6 months.
Simons started with 12 concepts for the couture. Then, his designers createdover 150 sketches, from which Simons chose three or four sketches to be made in toile, or a rough draft in linen.
The ateliers are operated by 2 women: Monique Bailly, for suiting, and Florence Chehet, for dresses. They lead 105 highly trained craftspeople who worked around-the-clock to make the 54 looks for the fall 2012 collection.
Simons wanted to use a a weaving technique called “imprimé chaîne,” to create prints inspired by American abstract painter Sterling Ruby. There are only 4 engravers in all of France who can do this kind of work.
The décor for the show, inspired by Jeff Koons’ “Flower Puppy,” took 50 peopleto assemble over 48 hours, using more than 1 million flowers.
It was German model Esther Heesch’s first show, ever.