Film Reviews

‘Dior and I’ Contains the Seeds of Fashion’s Salvation

Designer Raf Simons acknowledges the applause of the audience after the Christian Dior show as part of Paris Fashion Week - Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2014-2015 on July 7, 2014 in Paris, France.  (Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
Designer Raf Simons acknowledges the applause of the audience after the Christian Dior show as part of Paris Fashion Week - Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2014-2015 on July 7, 2014 in Paris, France. (Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

If the creative director at one of the world’s most recognized and widely loved fashion brands is bored with fashion itself, what hope is there...




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