Designer Tuesday-Christian Dior

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 / /