Designer Tuesday-Christian Dior

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Born: January 21, 1905 in Normandy, France

Birth Name: Christian Dior

*Moved to Paris when he was a boy and loved art and wanted to be an architect

*In 1925 encouraged by father to attend Écolebdes Science Politiques school for political science

*In 1928 after finishing school; financed an art gallery with his fathers help

*1937 designed 3 collections for fashion designer Robert Piguet

*Joined the Lucien Leling fashion house along with Balmain where they were the primary designers

*1940’s Designed dresses for wives of Nazi officers and French collaborators

*In December of 1946, founded his fashion house,  backed by Marcel Boussac

*February 1947 the line of his first collection was called Corolle,
-Created shapes and silhouettes to give a voluptuous look

*His style was referred to as the New Look by Haper’s Bazaar editor in chief, Caramel Snow

*The New Look revolutionized women’s dress and creestablished Paris as the center of fashion world after WW2

*1st  perfume “Miss Dior” in 1947

*Tragically dies while vacating in Montecatini, Italy on October 23, 1957 from a heart attack at the age of 52

*Raf Simons is the artistic director, who replaced John Galliano in 2012 after he made anti-Semitic remarks

Did You Know?

*When younger, he sold his sketches for 10¢ each

*strongly believed in “signs” and supersitions and had fortune tellers accompany him throughout his life

*1957 was on the cover of Time magazine

*Was an officer in French military

http://www.wikipedia.org / http://www.dior.com / http://www.biography.com

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