Fashion’s next biggest drama is Dior’s ‘The New Look’

Fashion’s next biggest drama is Dior’s ‘The New Look’

by Robyn Pullen
3 min

Searching for something to watch that’ll take your mind away from the salty reminder of Saltburn? Look no further than ‘The New Look’, Apple TV+’s upcoming historical drama following the life of Christian Dior at the start of his career, and his groundbreaking creation of what became the “New Look”.

Set in 1940’s Paris, a city vibrant with art, culture, and fashion at the time, despite the shadow of an impending Second World War, the 10-episode series centres around Christian Dior (played by Ben Mendelsohn) at the start of his iconic career, as he mingles and clashes with the likes of Coco Chanel (Juliette Binoche) and other icons in fashion who were in Paris at the time.

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In case you’re not fully aware of Christian Dior’s “New Look”, it was a revolutionary silhouette that he designed in the 1940s as part of his first collection. The style apparently gained its name after Carmel Snow of Harper’s Bazaar exclaimed at its presentation in 1947, “It’s quite a revolution, dear Christian! Your dresses have such a new look!”

Although, according to ‘The New Look’s trailer which has now been released, Coco Chanel would beg to differ, given that she’s quoted saying “Christian Dior ruined French couture, and I’m coming back to save it.” On the other hand, John Malkovich‘s character, Lucien Lelong is also seen telling Dior in the trailer, “Chanel can be very treacherous.” Well, we all know that to be true.

The show traverses both the drama of couture and fashion design in 1940s Paris, as well as more complicated social and political issues in society just before the Second World War started. Dior himself is seen in the trailer saying, “For those of us who lived through the chaos of war, creation was survival.” 

Shot entirely in Paris, ‘The New Look’ also features Maisie Williams, Emily Mortimer, Claes Bang and Glenn Close amongst its star-studded cast. Keep an eye out for ‘The New Look’, premiering its first three episodes on Apple TV+ on February 14th, with one out every Wednesday after that. And don’t be too slow watching it; you know what TikTok spoilers are like.

Featured image via: Apple TV+ ©

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