The New Look: Ben Mendelsohn, Juliette Binoche to star in Apple’s Dior, Chanel drama
James R | On 12, Feb 2022
Ben Mendelsohn and Juliette Binoche are entering the world of fashion for The New Look, a drama for Apple TV+ about the rise of fashion designer Christian Dior as he dethrones the grande dame Coco Chanel.
Apple TV+ has given a series order to the thriller, which is set against the World War II Nazi occupation of Paris when Coco Chanel’s reign as the world’s most famous fashion designer ends and Christian Dior rises, helping return spirit and life to the world with his groundbreaking, iconic imprint of beauty and influence that will go on to define generations to come. The New Look will be produced by Apple Studios and written, executive produced and directed by Todd A Kessler (Bloodline, Damages), with Mendelsohn (Rogue One, Bloodline) and Binoche (The English Patient, Chocolat) attached to star.
Inspired by true events and filmed exclusively in Paris, the live-action series centres on the pivotal moment in the twentieth century when Paris led the world back to life through its fashion icon, Christian Dior (Mendelsohn), whose creations dominated world fashion in the decade following World War II. The interwoven saga will include the surprising stories of Dior’s contemporaries and rivals: the grand dame Coco Chanel (Binoche), Balmain, Balenciaga, Givenchy, Pierre Cardin, Yves Saint Laurent and more.
Hailing from Apple Studios, it will be the first production from the newly formed television producing partnership of Lorenzo di Bonaventura (Transformers, Salt) and Todd A Kessler. Mark A Baker (Bloodline, The Night Of) will also produce.