Fashiony films continue to be a feature of the New Zealand International Film Festival. This year two awesome films have been selected. I will definitely be going to both.
First up is Yves Saint Laurent, a fictionalised telling of the great designer’s life. It was released in 2014 by French director Jalil Lespert and is considered the ‘official’ biopic of YSL, having been given the blessing of YSL’s partner Pierre Bergé. Jalil was given free range with the YSL archives and the film covers all aspects of Saint Laurent’s life – his designs, talent, depression and drug use.
The second film is Dior and I. It is a documentary about the House of Christian Dior’s current designer (the much acclaimed) Raf Simons as he prepares his debut collection for Dior. The film looks at the nitty gritty of the creative process and all the hard work and planning that goes into presenting a collection. It was written and directed by Frédéric Tcheng, who also made the fashion documentaries Vreeland: The eye has to travel (EXCELLENT) and Valentino: The Last Emperor.