Christian Dior was born on January’21, 1905 in a wealthy family in France.
During the great depression, Christian’s father lost control of their business, after which Christian fashion designer Robert Piguet. He then served 2 years in the army and later he joined the fashion house of Lucien Lelong where he was one of the two primary designers.
On December 16, 1946 Dior founded his fashion house, backed by textile manufacturer Marcel Boussac, a cotton-fabric magnate. Dior’s designs were voluptuous, he created his own silhouettes, creating fabric-conserving shapes. His use of more fabric in the garments created an outrage, initially followed by opposition, but later, this created the ‘New Look’ and soon due to this style of Dior, Paris emerged as one of the fashion capitals.
Christian Dior died in 1957, at the age of 52. In just one decade in the fashion circuit, Dior stirred the fashions, he created the ‘new look’, was both a design innovator and a smart businessman. His designs were worn by both royalty and film starts alike.
Christian Dior began his fashion career by selling sketches of hats to Parisians in 1935. He drew dresses too, but initially his hats were more in demand. Dior worked hard on his dress designs too. In the 11 years before his death, Dior dictated European style. Each of his collections had a theme – the classic suit, the ballerina skirt and the H, A and Y lines that ruled the early 1950’s. The opulence of his designs contrasted with the grim post-war reality of Europe, helped re-establish Paris as the joyful fashion capital it had once been.