1905 - Christian Dior was born on January 23st in Granville, France, into a wealthy family and trained for the French diplomatic service.
1935 - Lived in Paris and sold fashion sketches to newspapers, illustrating fashions for the weekly Figaro Illustré.
1938 - Became an assistant designer for the leading couturier of Paris, Robert Piguet.
1942 - He moved to Lelong, where he worked alongside Balamain and joined the house of designer Lucien Lelong.
1947 - He was backed by a French textile manufacturer, Marcel Boussac, he introduced his revolutionary “New Look,” spurring international controversy over the radically lowered hemline.
- His first perfume was “Miss Dior“.
1948 - Dior's collection; ”Envol”, typical features were that, skirts were scooped up at the back, worn with jackets that were cut with loose, fly-away backs and stand-up collars.
1950 - His skirts designs became shorter. The jackets were large and box-shaped, they sometimes had Horseshoe collars.
1952 - Introduced his version of the “Coolie Hat”, and his Princess Line. His three piece suit of cardigan-jacket, simple top worn outside, and soft skirt made from crepe in pastel shades-influenced fashion for many years.
1953 - He raised skirts again to a couple of inches bellow the knee and showed them with top-heavy barrel-shaped coats and jackets.
1954 - Spear-hearded a revival of men`s suiting, naming his collection that year the H-Line. The H-Line was particularly suited for evening wear.
1955 - A-Line and Y-Line followed. Women wore large V-shaped collars and giant stoles. During this time many orientally inspired clothes became fashionable, including Dior`s version of the Caftan and Cheongsam.
1957 - Dior`s last collection, based on the Vereuse, a garment with a stand-away collar, cut to hang loosely on the hips, he also showed khaki bush jackets with button-down flap pockets, a belted vareuse, Oriental Tunik dresses and a belt-less chemise dress with stand up collar and patch pockets.
- Died on October 24th in Montecatini, Italy. At the time of his death, Dior salons had been opened in 24 countries. The Dior firm, successively led by the French designers Yves St Laurant and Marc Bohan, continued to be a fashion leader and was associated with a much wider range of merchandise, including menswear and household lines.
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