TIFF. Film circuit

High Art Meets Haute Couture: Dior and I at the Gallery

Friday 8 July 2016

5 – 6:30 pm
Tapas and drinks in the Water Court Foyer. Fashion show produced by The Exclusives PR for Canadian Fashion Weekend.
6:30 – 8:40 pm
Film screening in the Auditorium, followed by a conversation with Antoinette Di Carlo, Owner & Designer of Di Carlo Couture, and NGC Associate Curator Erika Dolphin

Film: Dior and I
In English with French subtitles.
Dior and I brings the viewer inside the storied world of the Christian Dior fashion house with a privileged, behind-the-scenes look at the creation of Raf Simons’ first haute couture collection as its new artistic director—a true labour of love created by a dedicated group of collaborators. Melding the everyday, pressure-filled components of fashion with mysterious echoes from the iconic brand’s past, the film is also a colourful homage to the seamstresses who serve Simons’ vision.

Image: Courtesy of The Orchard
90 min | France | French with English subtitles | 2014 | Director: Frédéric Tcheng

Onstage Conversation

Antoinette Di Carlo, Owner & Designer of Di Carlo Couture, and Associate Curator Erika Dolphin

Watch the film and then stay for an engaging conversation about the influence of art on fashion, the glamour and realities of the haute couture world, and more!

Antoinette Di Carlo was immersed into fashion at a very young age. She learned how to hand stitch at the tender age of eight, and from then on, the rest was history. Her undying passion to create one of a kind works of art only made it a natural inclination to attend the International Academy of Design in Montreal. With much hard work, determination and her passion for haute-couture dress making, Antoinette turned her lifelong dream of owning her very own namesake design couture house into a reality. Blending excellent design skills, strong technical background and a solid fashion sense with innovation and high caliber workmanship, Antoinette specializes in custom made bridal and evening wear. Her sought-after designs are often featured in fashion magazines and worn by famous celebrities on red carpets and at prestigious events.

Antoinette Di Carlo
Photo Credit: George Mavitzis

Associate Curator Erika Dolphin has been at the National Gallery of Canada since 2002. She has organized several exhibitions, such as Baroque Paintings (2006) and Central European Drawings (2010), and contributed to the retrospective on Gustave Doré (2014). She received her PhD from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, specializing in 16th-century Spanish art. Her current exhibition, Masterpiece in Focus: The White Dress, was developed to complement the summer exhibition on the French portraitist Elisabeth Vigée Le Brun and explores the development of the chemise dress in society, ca. 1800.

Erika Dolphin
Image: From Dior and I, courtesy of The Orchard
Image: Dress by Di Carlo Couture

Film in English with French subtitles.

Conversation in English with a bilingual question period.

Simultaneous interpretation in French is available for the post-film conversation, if a request is made to interp@gallery.ca before 30 June 2016.

Tapas Package

Tulips and Maple is pleased to offer a tapas package in the Water Court Foyer starting at 5 pm.

Flowers and Clouds
White cotton candy with edible flowers

Phyllo purse filled with brie on a tomato jam base tied with chives

Layers of apple radish slaw with skate crudo and a fragrant Granny Smith roe



Film Only

Tapas Package
Includes 3 tapas and a drink*




NGC Member Admission
(Become a Member)



Taxes included.

There are reserved rows for patrons who purchase the film and tapas package.

The film will start at 6:30 pm in the Auditorium.**
Doors will open 30 minutes before the screening.

  • * Additional tickets available at cash bar: $7 each per tapas.

  • ** Wheelchair accessible. Please ask staff for assistance.

The TIFF Film Circuit at the Gallery

Enjoy an evening of film, food and conversation. As part of the Gallery’s partnership with the Toronto International Film Festival, you can see renowned Canadian and international films in a unique forum. Each TIFF Film Circuit Event also includes a presentation by a special guest. Come to the Gallery, meet up with friends and explore the worlds of visual and cinematographic art.

Explore the art of film making at the National Gallery of Canada.