|Christian Dior Biography||
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Christian Dior (January 21, 1905 – October 24, 1957), was an influential France fashion designer.
He was born in Granville, Manche, Normandy, France, heir to a fertilizer fortune.
Dior attended a Catholic school, after which he established his main house in in 1946 with the backing of textile magnate. In twelve years he expanded his business to 15 countries and employed over 2,000 people. He had three children and was married four times. Christian Dior is known mainly for the look which employed narrow shoulders, a constricted waist, an emphasized bust, and long, wide skirt, all in striking contrast to the severity of wartime fashions. His designs represented consistent classic elegance, stressing the feminine look. The New Look revolutionized women's dress and reestablished Paris as the center of the fashion world after World War II. Dior spread his fashions around the world when he and his partner, Jacques Rouet, started franchises in the fashion industry. In 1953 Yves Saint-Laurent became Dior's assistant and was destined to be his successor but was reluctantly forced to leave when the time came for his military service. On returning, after trouble with his temporary replacement, Saint-Laurent soon opened his own maison de couture once his military obligations were over. Towards the end of his life Christian's life was a hectic round of injections to wake up in the morning, injections for his appetite, and further injections to sleep. His niece , who had once been his favourite (at her marriage with Count Robert-Henri de Caumont la Force it was Christian who gave the bride away at the ceremony while Raymond sat drinking in a local bar) but she held Nazism sympathies. She openly blamed Christian's Jewish manageress who procured his medications, along with a collection of young men, of being part of a Jewish plot forcing him towards his death. For once Raymond agreed with his rebel daughter, while discounting the Jewish plot theory. Normally under French inheritance law, having no children or parents, Raymond should have been Christian's successor but the rift provoked by Françoise caused Christian to disinherit his close family totally. At the time of his death, Dior salons had been opened in 24 countries. The Dior firm—successively led by designers Yves Saint Laurent, Marc Bohan, and continued to be a fashion leader and was associated with a much wider range of merchandise, including menswear, household linens, and such fragrances as the critical and popular success, widely considered a classic scent.
Christian Dior's menswear division of in the 1980s and '90s was Dior Monsieur. It was traditional and its collections were favored by the business-minded for its dress shirts and trench coats. The staid line was discontinued in the late '90s by Christian Dior SA to make way for the revolutionary Dior Homme line, designed by Hedi Slimane.
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Parfums Christian Dior
Parfums Christian Dior is the fragrance & cosmetics division of Christian Dior, created in 1947 (launch of Miss Dior fragrance) and still one of the leaders in the luxury cosmetic industry. Current major international franchises (products lines) from Parfums Christian Dior : Fragrances : J'Adore (fragrance for women) / Poison, Tendre Poison, Hypnotic Poison, Pure Poison (fragrances for women) / Fahrenheit (fragrance for men) / Eau Sauvage (fragrance for men, especially strong in France) / Dior Homme (fragrance for men and skincare for men) / Miss Dior & Miss Dior Cherie (fragrances for women) Makeup : Dior Addict (lip makeup and fragrance for women) / DiorSkin (face makeup) / Dior Rouge (lip makeup) / Backstage Makeup (backstage-inspired makeup, mainly eye makeup) Skincare : Capture (anti-aging skincare) / Hydraction (moisturizing skincare) / DiorSnow (asian brightening skincare and makeup) / Dior Bronze (sun care) / Dior Prestige (premium skincare)
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