NEW YORK — One part documentary, one part public relations vehicle, Dior and I (2014) nevertheless makes for some compelling cinema not least for its breathtaking beauty. The film focuses on the development and ultimate debut of Raf Simons’s inaugural collection for Dior. At the center of the of the film amongst a sea of models is Esther Heesch. A mere 15-years-old at the time, the runway show was also Esther’s debut, which is shown in such intimate detail by the documentary. “I was touched,” says Esther having seen the movie a fortnight ago back in Hamburg, in her native Germany. Esther has gone on to further dizzying peaks, the most memorable of which for her include opening for Valentino and walking for Chanel in Scotland. Esther personifies grace with a steel edge, the amalgam of which she refined throughout a childhood and adolescence spent studying ballet and windsurfing on the Baltic Sea. As Esther enters the final year of gymnasium, she looks forward to spending her summer holiday in Venice and the Baldeneysee lake in northwestern Germany.
Credits include: Title, “Next Questions — Esther Heesch”; Interview and video, Damien Neva; Model, Esther Heesch.