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While L.A. is bursting at the seams with locations worthy of hosting a red-carpet movie premiere, not just any location would suffice for the West Coast debut of Dior and I, the Frédéric Tcheng-directed documentary that traces the eight weeks that follow Raf Simons appointment to the helm of Christian Dior as he creates his first couture collection for the fall/winter 2013 season.
The collection received raves — like the film following its debut at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2014 — and the docu offers a peek inside Simons’ creative process, which is heavily influenced by art and artists including Sterling Ruby. And that is presumably why the premiere unspooled at L.A.’s art mecca LACMA, complete with a Dior-approved gray carpet. Tcheng and Ruby were on hand at Wednesday night’s premiere along with boldfaced names like Jaime King, Isabel Lucas, Ashley Madekwe, Ahna O’Reilly, Teresa Palmer, Halston Sage, Aimee Song, Steve Tisch, Ron Yerxa and Catherine Hardwicke.
See More Watch the ‘Dior and I’ Trailer
Prior to the screening, invitees were eager to get their voyeur on and we were eager to know what other fashion icons — alive or dead — everyone wants to see receive the documentary treatment:
Britt Robertston: They’ve already done this, but Anna Wintour. I’m really interested in human behavior and the psyche so I’d love to have a peek inside her life. Not Vogue, but Anna Wintour. She’s so interesting — my God. The hair, where did that come from? What inspired it? Why she keeps it up? Who keeps it up? Who cuts her hair? I’ve got to know it all.
Rose McGowan: Cristobal Balenciaga. He was an artist. There are so many. Madame Grés. Erté. So many! I just love artists in any form and people who take their art seriously and (Balenciaga) really did and he created beauty.
Rachel Roy: Coco Chanel. To really know what a woman who grew up as an orphan, shunned by people who thought she was no good and annoying and low class, and then to rise through the ranks of designing for them and being so expensive so that many of those same people couldn’t even afford her designs. How did she make that transition? I’d love to know what really happened — documentary-style.
Read More A Q&A With Frederic Tcheng
Katherine Schwarzenegger: Karl Lagerfeld probably has the most interesting way of thinking that I’ve seen, but another brand that is really interesting to me is (Giorgio) Armani. He’s a huge force and he’s been doing it for so long and that is amazing. I’d love to watch him do his thing. My mom and grandmother always wore Armani so I’ve grown up watching it and I am obsessed with their makeup as well, so it’s a brand that I really like.
Radha Mitchell: Coco Chanel. We know a bit about her already. She’sa woman and she’s had so much impact and continues to and she’s French. She’s revolutionary.
Bar Paly: Come on! Take a wild guess. Coco Chanel! She’s such a fascinating figure and she did so much for women in general and the female movement. The first pants that everybody wears today, she was the first to design them. I think she’s a fascinating character and such a strong woman. You go girl!
(And last, but certainly not least, we polled the director who is best known for his co-producing 2008’s Valentino: The Last
Emperor and directing 2011’s Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel.)
Frédéric Tcheng: I’m trying to lay off fashion a little bit. I’m working on a screenplay that has nothing to do with fashion. I’m thinking about other areas, other fields. My next project is a narrative film that takes place in the late 60s. A love story.
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