Bonjour from France TBSH friends! It’s an early, sunny morning here in the South of France and I am the only soul awake at the moment in the house. I am nestled in my father-in-law’s home office, which is on the top floor of his home with a panoramic view of the villa. I have all of the windows open at the moment, and I’m enjoying the birds greeting me with their lovely chirps coming from every direction! What a perfect time to write a little blog that I have been dying to share 🙂
As you may know, I have a weakness for documentaries and I couldn’t help but watch one while on the plane ride over to France. I gave Dior et Moi a try and this one did not disappoint! I have never considered writing about films, or series I have watched and fallen for, but I have figured what the heck … Why not write a post about Dior et Moi because I am allowing myself the freedom while spending my summer here in France to share all things that have either inspired me … Things I have found simple enjoyment from … Or general entertaining memories that I want to chronicle.
Dior et Moi initially caught my eye because of the growing fondness I have for fashion, the industry behind the artful threads that inspire so much of how we see ourselves. After watching the documentary I walked away in awe of what I learned about the fashion industry, and many of the similarities it has to the software industry (something I am very familiar with). And, as if I needed another reason to love this film, I feel it just might hold a special place in my heart for some time because it premiered on my birthday last year, July 8, 2015, in France :).Alas, I am sure you want to know more behind why I am compelled to write about Dior et Moi. Christian Dior was a designer, turned worldwide icon back in the 1950’s, although interesting enough this documentary portrays a Dior that was far from interested in reaching such pinnacle. Apparently, he was only in fashion for the fulfillment he received from creating artful female couture not realizing how much others would be drawn to his vision and work. Sadly, it seems Dior passed away while away on vacation in 1957, a time during what some would say was becoming the height of his career. This documentary offers a chronicled view of a designer, Raf Simons, who was selected to design a new season’s line on behalf of the Dior label. The Dior company desired to have a new designer come in and help transform Dior’s brand without losing some of the original elements of Dior’s vision. The documentary’s primary objectives is to take you thru the journey of what it takes to design a new line in eight (8) weeks. I feel they did this quite well and something I was surprisingly hit with was how I found the production of producing a line has elements of parallelism to what it takes to deliver software, something I am intimately familiar with. I was fascinated! They both require intense, tedious attention and hours, in most cases up to the last second before launch, in pursuit for perfection. They both start with a sole vision upon which an entire team has to realize – this isn’t easy! Communication is the tool that will make you, or break you. A great example into this, and which you will find by watching the documentary, is the constant iterative design process the team performs in order to get the elements of the garment perfect. This is very true, as well, for a team of software teams as they design, code, test, perform beta testing, etc. during the iterative readiness for software to be generally made available to the public. Fashion and software both require a combination of precision and artful craft; moreover, you can have a variety of experienced individuals but what you find common with a successful product is the passion each individual puts to their part of the project, or end product … Regardless of their tenure to the company or craft. Passion drove it home for everyone, and not one individual held more dominance for the success; everyone felt they owned an important part to the failure or success of the end result. I loved that I have seen this in my own experiences in the software industry, but also in the documentary as the teams worked hard to prepare for the unveiling of the line to a prestigious crowd. Another fabric to the documentary that I really enjoyed was how it had interwoven pieces of Dior’s life … Original videos … Views of his home … Writings from his personal memoirs, throughout. It humanized Dior again, and helped be reminded of the individual behind the vision, versus the conglomerate name.
I hope you have enjoyed a small introduction into a documentary, Dior et Moi, that you should definitely consider watching for yourself. For my TBSH (To Be Simply Happy) friends that are inspired by the fashion world, this is a great one to put on your list to watch. Grab a cappuccino, a light cashmere blanket, and curl up on the couch for about an hour and enjoy the cinematic ride! — XOXO, Bridgette