Christian Dior

Designer

Christian Dior is a French fashion house founded in 1947 by the eponymous designer. Born in 1905 in Granville, France, Christian Dior went on to become one of the country's most revered couturiers and the industry's most successful businessmen. Dior launched his couture house with a collection of nipped-in waists, soft shoulders and full skirts that then editor-in-chief of Harper's Bazaar Carmel Snow christened the 'New Look', Dior was swiftly credited with rescuing the fortunes of France's fashion industry in the post-war period. The style–which used yards of fabric at a time when textiles were still subject to widespread rationing–caused a mixture of outrage and delight and formed an aesthetic integral to the house to this day.

Dior continued to create new styles for his 'flower women' that recalled the sumptuousness of France's Belle Époque until his death in 1957, when a 21-year-old Yves Saint Laurent took over. Following Saint Laurent's conscription to the French army in 1960, Christian Dior recruited Parisian Marc Bohan as chief designer. Italian designer Gianfranco Ferre led the house 1989-1997, young British designer John Galliano became creative director. Galliano was credited with reintroducing a fantasy and spectacle to Christian Dior through his vivid and extravagant couture collections, harking back to the sensation of the historic 1947 New Look. In 2011, Galliano departed, with the house's subsequent collections being produced by his creative team and atelier. Raf Simons was creative director of womenswear from 2012-2015, being succeeded by Maria Grazia Chiuri–the house's first female creative director–in 2016.

Christian Dior is a French fashion house founded in 1947 by the eponymous designer. Born in 1905 in Granville, France, Christian Dior went on to become one of the country's most revered couturiers and the industry's most successful businessmen. Dior launched his couture house with a collection of nipped-in waists, soft shoulders and full skirts that then editor-in-chief of Harper's Bazaar Carmel Snow christened the 'New Look', Dior was swiftly credited with rescuing the fortunes of France's fashion industry in the post-war period. The style–which used yards of fabric at a time when textiles were still subject to widespread rationing–caused a mixture of outrage and delight and formed an aesthetic integral to the house to this day.

Dior continued to create new styles for his 'flower women' that recalled the sumptuousness of France's Belle Époque until his death in 1957, when a 21-year-old Yves Saint Laurent took over. Following Saint Laurent's conscription to the French army in 1960, Christian Dior recruited Parisian Marc Bohan as chief designer. Italian designer Gianfranco Ferre led the house 1989-1997, young British designer John Galliano became creative director. Galliano was credited with reintroducing a fantasy and spectacle to Christian Dior through his vivid and extravagant couture collections, harking back to the sensation of the historic 1947 New Look. In 2011, Galliano departed, with the house's subsequent collections being produced by his creative team and atelier. Raf Simons was creative director of womenswear from 2012-2015, being succeeded by Maria Grazia Chiuri–the house's first female creative director–in 2016.

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