Competing designers in World War II Nazi-occupied Paris — Christian Dior, Coco Chanel and others — launched modern fashion and helped bring the war-torn world back to life, the trailer for upcoming The New Look drama series on Apple TV+ implies.
Who knew? And with a cast including Ben Mendelsohn (Dior), Juliette Binoche (Chanel), John Malkovich, Maisie Williams and other familiar faces, who cares if it’s letter-perfect history? It looks like a good time.
The 10-part series The New Look premieres on Apple TV+ on Valentine’s Day, February 14.
Historical drama series The New Look comes to Apple TV+ February 14
The New Look‘s story may not line up perfectly from what you learned about World War II from history books and documentaries over the years, but you probably weren’t studying fashion history. The series appears to make a good case that legendary fashion designers made great strides amid war, and in spite of it.
Here’s Apple’s description of the show, which debuts with three episodes on Valentine’s Day and then one each Wednesday through April 3:
Apple TV+ today unveiled the trailer for The New Look, a new, gripping historical drama series from Todd A. Kessler, starring Emmy Award winner Ben Mendelsohn as Christian Dior and Academy Award winner Juliette Binoche as Coco Chanel. Inspired by true events and filmed exclusively in Paris, The New Look centers on fashion designers Christian Dior, Coco Chanel and their contemporaries as they navigated the horrors of World War II and launched modern fashion.
Set against the World War II Nazi occupation of Paris, The New Look focuses on the pivotal moment in the 20th century when the French city led the world back to life through its fashion icon Christian Dior. As Dior rises to prominence with his groundbreaking, iconic imprint of beauty and influence, Chanel’s reign as the world’s most famous fashion designer is put into jeopardy. The interwoven saga follows the surprising stories of Dior’s contemporaries and rivals from Chanel to Pierre Balmain, Cristóbal Balenciaga and more; and, provides a stunning view into the atelier, designs and clothing created by Dior through collaboration with the House of Dior.
The cast is, of course, fabulous
Along with Mendelsohn and Binoche, the ensemble cast includes Maisie Williams as Catherine Dior, John Malkovich as Lucien Lelong, Emily Mortimer as Elsa Lombardi, Claes Bang as Spatz and Glenn Close as Carmel Snow.
Grammy Award winner Jack Antonoff produces the show’s contemporary soundtrack. It features covers of popular early to mid-20th century songs performed by artists including Bleachers, Florence Welch, Lana Del Rey, Matty Healy (The 1975), Beabadoobee, Nick Cave, Perfume Genius and others.
Apple Studios and DB-AK Productions produced the series. Kessler wrote, directed and executive-produced it. Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Mark Baker also served as executive producers.
Watch the trailer:
Watch The New Look on Apple TV+
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Source: Apple TV+