On Dior in 2015: Graphic Novel and Movie
Fans of the house of Dior get treated to a movie; with designer Raf Simons, and the Graphic Novel; a romantic history tale, both about Dior
Graphic Novel: GIRL IN DIOR by Annie Goetzinger. The Girl in Dior is Clara, a freshly hired chronicler, fan of fashion and our guide in the busy corridors of the brand new house of Christian Dior. It’s February 12, 1947 and the crème de la crème of Paris Haute Couture is flocking to the momentous event of Dior’s first show. In a flurry of corolla shaped skirts, the parade of models file down the runway. The audience is mesmerized: it’s a triumph! Carmel Snow of Harper’s Bazaar cries out: “It’s quite a revolution, your dresses have such a new look!“ Dior’s career is launched and Clara’s story begins. Soon, she is picked by Dior himself to be his model… A biography docudrama marrying fiction and the story of one of the greatest couturier in history, it is also a breathless and stunning presentation of his best designs such as Lauren Bacall wore, rendered by bestselling artist Annie Goetzinger, seen for the first time on this side of the Atlantic. (read more nbmpub.com)
Movie: DIOR AND I, written, directed and produced by Frédéric Tcheng premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival 2014; Dior and I is a feature-length documentary that takes the viewer behind the scenes of the creation of designer Raf Simons’ first haute couture collection for the legendary Christian Dior fashion house in the spring of 2012. Dior and I brings the viewer inside the storied world of the Christian Dior fashion house with a privileged, behind-the-scenes look at the creation of Raf Simons’ first haute couture collection as its new artistic director—a true labor of love created by a dedicated group of collaborators. Melding the everyday, pressure- filled components of fashion with mysterious echoes from the iconic brand’s past, the film is also a colorful homage to the seamstresses who serve Simons’ vision. (read more http://www.diorandimovie.com)
“Dior and I” will be showing in West-Europe from July 9, 2015
One of the Grandes Dames of comics in France, Goetzinger has had a distinguished and award winning career not only in comics but also in theater costume design and illustration, most notably for the newspaper Le Monde. Goetzinger’s earliest work appeared in Pilote in the early 1970s; mainly short stories with scripts by Jean-Pierre Dionnet, Jacques Lob and Truchaud. She was also present in Lisette with ‘Fleur’, in Le Canard Sauvage, and in Circus with ‘Casque d’Or’. In 1978, she created ‘Félina’, her first major comic story, with Victor Mora in Circus. The series was later continued in Pilote and Charlie Mensuel. By this time, Goetzinger also contributed to magazines like Fluide Glacial and L’Écho des Savanes. Also in 1978, she made ‘Aurore’, a comics version of the life of George Sand, published by Éditions Des Femmes. With scriptwriter Pierre Christin, she made a series of “portraits souvenirs”, including ‘La Demoiselle à la Legion d’Honneur’, ‘La Diva et le Krigspiel’, ‘La Voyageuse de la Petite Ceinture’ and ‘Charlotte et Nancy’, published by Dargaud and later Les Humanoïdes Associés. Also for Les Humanoïdes, she wrote and drew ‘Barcelonight’ in 1991, and cooperated with Jon S. Jonsson and Andreas Knigge on ‘L’Avenir Perdu’ in 1992. In addition, she cooperated with Christin on ‘Le Tango du Disparu’ (Flammarion, 1989), ‘Le Message du Simple’ (Ed. du Seuil, 1994), ‘La Sultane Blanche’ and ‘Paquebot’ (in the collection Long Courrier of Dargaud, 1996 and 1999). With Montserrat Roig, she made ‘Mémoires de Barcelone’ at Ed. La Sirène in 1993. Goetzinger and Christin then started the retro 1950s series ‘L’Agence Hardy’, that is published by Dargaud since 2001. Her chronicle ‘L’Humeur des Jours’, written by Bruno Frappat, appeared in La Croix for several years, and was collected in the book ‘Le Regard des Jours’ by Dargaud in 2005. In 2011 she cooperated with Rodolphe on ‘Marie-Antoinette, la Reine fantôme’.
Frédéric Tcheng is a French-born filmmaker. He co- produced, co-edited and co-shot Valentino: The Last Emperor (directed by Matt Tyrnauer), the 2009 hit documentary shortlisted for the Best Documentary Oscar. He is the co-director (with Lisa Immordino Vreeland and Bent-Jorgen Perlmutt) of DIANA VREELAND: THE EYE HAS TO TRAVEL, a Samuel Goldwyn release. His collaborations include such varied personalities as the poet Sarah Riggs and the fashion photographer Mikael Jansson. He works as an editor on commercials for brands such as H&M, Jimmy Choo and Ferragamo.