Haute Couture: How to Become a Young Dior Dressmaker in Sky

TOhigh fashion is the Sky film that tells the importance of learning a trade, against the backdrop of the most famous and famous French maison.

High fashion is the movie that Sky will premiere on Tuesday 20 February. Directed by the director Sylvie Ohayon, High fashion, as the title already suggests, tells a story set in the world of haute couture. Against the backdrop of the magical universe of Dior (as in Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris), High fashion it is an all-female story of formation and integration.

The plot of the film Haute Couture

The Sky movie High fashion stars two very different women, in origin and age: Esther (Nathalie Baye) and Jade (Lyna Khoudri). Serving for years as head dressmaker at Maison Dior, Esther took part in the latest haute couture collection before retiring. One day, while she is on the subway, her bosa is stolen by 20-year-old Jade.

However, overcome with remorse, Jade decides to return the stolen goods to Esther. Seduced her in spite of her by the audacity of the young woman and convinced that she has a gift of her, she Esther offers her the opportunity to enter the workshops of the Maison Dior as an apprentice. Jade will thus have the opportunity to learn a trade that has always been practiced with the beauty of a gesture.

The original movie poster High fashion.

From an autobiographical point

To direct High fashionthe film proposed by Sky, is the director, writer and screenwriter (but also equilibrist) Sylvie Ohayon. Born in Paris but of Tunisian and Algerian origins, Ohayon appealed to her autobiographical experience in drafting the subject. “Like my books, my films also have an autobiographical dimension or rather they have topics that are current for me at that precise moment”, the director specified.

“For fifteen years, I have responded with a man who was the father of a little girl, whom I took care of as if he were my own daughter. This ended up having an impact on my (biological) daughter who, resentful of me, decided at 13 and a half to move in with her father. From this experience and my strong sense of patriotism, the film was born. So, we can define Haute Couture as the fruit of the work of a mother who saw her daughter rebel against her, a stepmother who did her job well and a woman who deeply loves everything French “, he added.

Director Sylvie Ohayon with actresses Nathalie Baye and Lyna Khoudri on the set of Haute Couture.
The director Sylvie Ohayon with the actresses Nathalie Baye And Lyna Khoudri on the set of High fashion.

High Fashion

And it is the love for French products that prompted the director Sylvie Ohayon to take an interest in a context that for France is a reason for pride: high fashion. “One day, a family friend, belonging to the upper middle class, was looking for a wedding dress. Got pregnant before marriage, almost a shame for those around her, she asked me to accompany her. I took her to a high fashion house, the same one that made my dress. The seamstresses came to meet us and we asked what could be done to hide the belly. And that’s when I was struck by the striking contrast between their nimble fingers and their longshoreman language! I have never forgotten one of their sentences: it is the gesture that counts. And I decided to make a film to pay homage to them and their work ”.

“I wanted to tell the seamstresses at work and show how behind the magnificence of their creations there are very normal people who are able to do magic”, continued the director of the film Sky High fashion. “It was not my purpose to oppose the rich owners to the laborers. Haute Couture seamstresses aren’t that badly paid. “I have a doctor’s salary”, a head dressmaker from Dior confided to me! ”.

Nathalie Baye and Lyna Khoudri in a High Fashion scene.
Nathalie Baye And Lyna Khoudri in a scene by High fashion.

The emancipation of a young woman

The Sky movie High fashion however, it remains a story of formation and emancipation. In fact, she tells the story of Jade, a young girl who wants to free herself from the social context in which she was born. “Everything starts from my personal experience, I only write and tell situations that I have lived and that I feel close to”, confided director Sylvie Ohayon. “For me, France is basically a land of welcome, where anything is possible. It is a country that appreciates work when it is done well: even if you have not studied but are capable, there is always a possibility on the horizon “.

For this very reason, Esther’s character can be metaphorical of the spirit of an entire nation. Although Esther moves because she is animated by personal reasons (she wants to fill the void that surrounds her), in her it is possible to glimpse the benevolence to which the director has mentioned. In return, Jane receives an education and a new lease on life: what’s better to give your life a meaning than a job?

“I see myself in both Esther and Jade,” joked the director. “I’m a suburban romantic who has managed to emancipate herself. Like Jade, in my twenties, I promised myself that no one would ever step on my head. I also stole, not out of necessity but out of anger. And, like Esther, I ended up getting my back broken by work. But work has also saved me in many cases. Unlike love, work always gives you back what you gave it ”.

Nathalie Baye and Lyna Khoudri in a High Fashion scene.
Nathalie Baye And Lyna Khoudri in a scene by High fashion.

The two protagonists

Esther, the first protagonist of the film Sky High fashion, she is an aging woman. She knows her career is over and she fears the great emptiness she will feel in her life. For her, Jade is also a way to keep busy with her. After all, she has always passed on her knowledge of her. “This is an aspect related to her Ashkenazi side of her: Esther wants to pass on a knowledge, a profession, to Jade, who in turn will pass it on to others,” said director Sylvie Ohayon. “Among the Ashkenazis there is a strong desire not to carry all the secrets and the know how in the grave. And of course this enhances Esther ”.

Learning a “trade” and not a “job” is what Jade, the second protagonist of the film Sky, does High fashion. She is a very responsible girl and is always ready to go out of her way for those who need her (for her mother first and for Esther after). “Jade is a mix of me and my daughter,” concluded the director. “When I was 12, I was already able to take care of the house, cleaning, cooking: my mother was destroyed by work but she continued to earn a living”.

Haute couture: The photos from the film Sky

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