Disgraced designer John Galliano isn’t mentioned in Frédéric Tcheng’s thrilling documentary Dior and I. Instead, it begins with replacement Raf Simons’s arrival. Filling in the hole, Simons has just eight weeks to produce his debut collection for the House of Dior.
A powerful anxiety weights all scenes, even to the very end—but the gorgeous fashion visuals and prolonged footage of atelier staff stifles any sense of exhaustion. Wearing clinical white lab coats, they hand-stitch garments with old-world precision, and cheerfully toss themselves into all-night work sessions. Whatever Simons demands of them, he gets, no matter how seemingly impossible.