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The documentary Dior and I hasn't been publicly released yet, but it's already received the highest praise in the director's eyes: Raf Simons, Dior's creative director and the subject of the 90-minute film, likes it. In an interview with V Magazine, the director opened up about the pressure to make the film in a way that would appeal to viewers, but would also get the designer's all-important seal of approval.
"No one wants to see a 90-minute film that is a brand commercial," Frédéric Tcheng says. "My creative freedom was protected, I felt. Raf's reaction was the best I could have hoped for. He wasn't aware I had captured all these moments. He recognized his experience in the one I showed in the film. To me, that's the most beautiful compliment."
The film is Tcheng's solo debut as a director, and it took some convincing to get Raf to agree to do the documentary. "Subjects put a lot of faith in you and as a filmmaker you always try to be faithful to that trust," Tcheng says. The documentary's official release date is tomorrow, April 10.