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Christian Dior and Chanel go toe to toe in new Apple TV series ‘The New Look’

The New Look

When it comes to fashion films, we've been in good company recently. Ever since we heard Lady Gaga utter the famous words 'Father, Son and House of Gucci', we haven't been able to shake the lasting impact of our fashion House icons. Now in exciting TV news, two of fashion's most significant designers will be chronicled in a new series made for Apple TV, titled The New Look.

The New Look is the latest dramatised version on the stories of Christian Dior and Coco Chanel. Paying close attention to the former fashion designer's significant rise to prominence and his replacing the latter as the most successful designer of the 20th century. If you're a fashion fan, this is sure to peak your interest. Below, we've outlined all the details you need to know about the upcoming series.


What is the plot of The New Look?

As previously stated, the series will focus on the rise of Christian Dior and his feud with Coco Chanel, who he eclipsed as a leading figure in fashion. The series will take place against the back drop of World War II Nazi occupation of Paris and will be inspired by true events. In a press release by Apple TV+, the series will focus on the evolving moments in the 20th century when Paris brought fashion back to life. The show will also include prominent stories of Pierre Balmain, Cristóbal Balenciaga, Hubert de Givenchy, Pierre Cardin and Yves Saint Laurent.

As for the title, it pays homage to Dior’s inaugural collection in 1947 where he introduced the “new look,” a style featuring a cinched in waist and a full skirt. The new look celebrated femininity and women’s fashion at a time following the many years of uniformed, utilitarian dress during the war.


Who is involved in The New Look?

The film is set to include Emmy-winning actor Ben Mendelsohn, best known for his role in Netflix’s Bloodline, who has been cast to play Dior. French actress Juliette Binoche, best known for her roles in The English Patient and Chocolat, will play the role of Chanel.


Get a feel for the series here.

As it stands, a release date for The New Look has not yet been revealed with filming due to begin shortly, with the series filmed exclusively in Paris. In in the meantime, you can make your way through out list of the best fashion films.


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