Lauren Franceschini

Dior and I: Somerset House’s latest addition to their Unorthodocs series

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Dior and I

Set to premier on Monday, March 21st, Dior and I is the latest addition to Somerset House’s documentary series Unorthodocs. Featuring only documentaries that have won awards, been screened at international festivals, but fall outside the remit of British television, the series has been long-standing with its dedication to raising the exposure of great documentary films allowing them to be reached by a greater audience. Many of the films featured in Unorthodocs range anywhere from quirky, surreal, poignant, and profound. After each screening, the audience is given the opportunity to sit in on a discussion with a member of the filmmaking team.

One of the looks presented in Raf Simons’ collection.

Dior and I grants the audience with a unique behind-the-scenes look into the Christian Dior fashion house as Raf Simons creates his first haute couture collection as the brand’s new artistic director. The film lifts open the curtain behind the creation of a major fashion collection by highlighting the day-to-day pressures and delving into the iconic brand’s past. Dior and I also acts to pay homage to the dedicated seamstresses who bring Simons’ vision off the page. The rarely heard stories and experiences of the seamstresses behind every stitch are brought to life in what Little White Lies describes as “a sweet inside portrait”. Dior and I charts Simons’ often hidden creative journey of creating the collection from concept to sketch to supermodel in what can only be described as illuminating and enthralling. Following the screening will be a discussion with Sunday Times Editor Jackie Annesley and movie director Clare Beavan. 

Somerset House is one of London’s most distinctive creative platforms for visual and performing arts as well as participatory opportunities open to everyone. Many areas within Somerset House are available for artists and designers to reside in an effort to stimulate creativity and create a platform for work to be shown to the public. As a new and developing art and culture centre, Somerset House is capable of creating a new cultural legacy for the future without the need of regular government funding. For more information on Somerset House or the Unorthodocs series, visit their website.

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