Amidst the backdrop of the horrors of World War Two, a bitter rivalry gripped the social circles of fashion and high society in Paris. Reigning queen of fashion, Coco Chanel, found herself toppled by an emerging French designer – Christian Dior. Now, this rivalry and the fabulousness of French post-war design and fashion are the subject of a hotly-anticipated Apple TV+ series called The New Look.
Here’s everything you need to know.
What is The New Look about?
The New Look is a historical drama which follows the rise of Christian Dior’s iconic namesake label in the aftermath of the Second World War. It will also highlight how Dior’s edgy and opulent designs revolutionised fashion and threatened the likes of Coco Chanel. The New Look will follow the bitter rivalry that ensued between Chanel and Dior as well as how other contemporary French designers such as Cristóbal Balenciaga, Jaques Fath, Pierre Balmain, heralded in the new era of modern fashion in a post-war society.
What is the release date for The New Look?
The hotly-anticipated series will be available to stream on Apple TV+ and will feature 10 episodes. The first three episodes on February 14, followed by one episode each Wednesday thereafter.
Where can I watch The New Look in Australia?
The series will be exclusively available to watch on Apple TV+.
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Is The New Look based on a true story?
Yes, The New Look is deeply entrenched in the real-life fashion feud between Chanel and Dior. When Christian Dior launched his debut collection in 1947, he promptly cemented himself as one of the most important couturiers of the twentieth century. Through revolutionary cut, silhouettes, tailoring and design, Dior’s work celebrated opulence and femininity in a way the fashion world had yet to see.
Serendipitously, a ‘feud’ here in Australia between Sir Frank Packer, owner of Australian Consolidated Press – and publisher of The Australian Women’s Weekly – and the Sydney Morning Herald saw Dior couture leave Paris for Australia. Read more about how The Weekly brought Dior to Australia here.