Christian Dior was born in Granville, Normandy, France and was the second of five children. When he was five years old, his family moved to Paris. His family wanted him to be a diplomat however he wanted to be an artist. To make money, he sold fashion sketches outside his house for about 10 cents each. In 1928, he dropped out of school to open a small art gallery with a friend, funded by his parents where they sold Picasso’s artwork. Three years later, the gallery closed when his family’s fertilizer company went bankrupt and could no longer fund him. In 1940, Dior went to war until 1942 when he left the army and worked for Lucien Lelong where he made dresses for Nazi officer’s wives and French collaborators. When the war ended, Dior decided to open his own fashion house on December 8, 1946. His collection was released in 1947 and it was called Corolle which means a circlet of flower petals. He released a perfume called Miss Dior to go along with the designs. Dior’s new take on fashion revolutionized the industry and made Paris the hub of fashion once again. Some of his most significant moments include when he released his first lipstick, called Rouge Dior, in 1953, when he made the cover of Time magazine in 1957, when he created his first masculine scent, Eau Sauvage, in 1966, when he released Baby Dior in 1967, and the creation of the Lady Dior handbag, which Princess Diana took with her everywhere. Unfortunately, he died in 1957 from unknown causes. Now, in 2013, Dior is still extremely successful with their variety of products including purses, makeup, clothing and accessories. It is currently being designed by Raf Simons, and ahas been since April 2012, and the most recent collections are Espirit Dior and Impressions Dior.
The Dior webpage: http://www.dior.com/couture/en_gb/the-house-of-dior/from-1947-to-2013