Fashion History Friday: Christian Dior

Because this designer has such a wide range of products, from clothes to accessories to perfumes and makueup, todays history lesson will be on Christian Dior.



Christian Dior
January 21, 1905 – October 24, 1957!
Born in Greenville, Manche, France

As the second of 5 children, Dior’s parents always wished he would be a diplomat. However, Christian was very artistic and always wanted to be involved with art. Also, he was gay, but since in those times being gay was frowned upon greatly he wasn’t open with his sexuality. His first moves in the fashion industry was when he sold his fashion sketches outside his house for about 10 cents… wow lol.

During 1937, Dior was employed by designer Robert Piguet.

“Robert Piguet taught me the virtues of simplicity through which true elegance must come.”

However, in 1942 Dior left for the army. At the same time he joined the fashion house of  Lucien Lelong, along with Balmain, being the primary designers. For the rest of World War II, Dior worked to preserve the French fashion industry for artistic and economic reasons. He designed dresses for several fashion houses such as Jean Patou, Jeanne Lanvin and Nina Ricci.

In 1946 Christian opened his own fashion house. His first collection was presented a year later named “Corolle”. What set him apart was his ability to create silhouettes and shapes on women using his designs – bustier-style bodices, hip padding, tight corsets, and patticoats that made the dresses flare out from the waist, giving the illusion of a curvaceous body.

Dior died at the early age of 52. The cause of his death was never disclosed, all we know for sure was that it was a heart attack. But I found it funny to learn that one of his acquaintances wrote in her memoir that he died of a heart attack after a sexual encounter….

Now personally, I really admire the fact that Diors presence has continued to be present… its been over 70 years since Dior was recognized in the fashion industry! And also, his brand has expanded so much its incredible!

In current news, take a look at my favorite looks from this seasons Christian Dior shows:

Autumn/Winter 2014: Couture


Autumn/Winter 2014: Pre Ready-to-Wear


Autumn/Winter 2014: Ready-to-Wear


Take a look at some Christian Dior looks worn by celebrities! Click on the picture to open the gallery so you can see the full picture and which celebrity wore it 🙂

Shop DIOR:


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