Christian Dior: "The Man Who Made The World Look New"
By: Boyd Davis
Christian Dior was born with a silver spoon in Granville, France (Jan 21, 1905).
up years were spent in museums and galleries, but instead of taking up art, he studied
Political Science at the Ecole des Sciences Politiques (1925).
Two years after graduation,
he served the obligatory 2 years in the French Army. After he got out, he opened an art gallery
and was an art dealer from 1928-1931.
When the U.S. was undergoing its worst depression in history, Christian Dior felt it in his personal
life. In 1931, his mother died of cancer, his father's company declared bankruptcy and Christian
Dior himself contracted tuberculosis.
As the saying goes, "When God closes a door, he opens a window," Christian Dior's fashion
design talent started to show during this very sad period of his life. He started to work as a fashion
illustrator and then as an assistant designer.
But in 1939, the winds of war hit Europe and Christian
Dior was one of the many who were deployed by the French Army. After the war, he went back to
fashion designing and finally in 1947, he launched the House of Dior and "The New Look."
Considered revolutionary by the fashion press, "The New Look" was actually called "Corolle
Line" by Christian Dior himself. It was back to femininity and luxury after the "manly and
depraved" look due to the war.
Rounded shoulders, cinched waist and bell skirts created in
luxurious fabrics - that was what Christian Dior showed the world in 1947. It was an instant success and
assured Dior a place in the annals of fashion history.
Christian Dior's career as a top fashion designer only lasted 10 years (he died in 1957).
of Dior continued to live, first under Yves Saint Laurent, and currently under John Galliano. It is
now a member of the LVMH group of companies famous for its luxury goods product lines.
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