INDEX: Christian Dior Retail Fixtures
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BACKSTORY for Christian Dior Retail Fixtures: Christian Dior (21 January 1905 – 24 October 1957) was a French fashion designer, best known as the founder of one of the world’s top fashion houses, also called Christian Dior, which is now owned by Groupe Arnault.
Christian Dior was born in Granville, a seaside town on the coast of Normandy, France. He was the second of five children born to Maurice Dior, a wealthy fertilizer manufacturer (the family firm was Dior Frères), and his wife, formerly Isabelle Cardamone. He had four siblings: Raymond (father of Françoise Dior), Jacqueline, Bernard, and Catherine Dior. When Christian was about five years old, the family moved to Paris, but still returned to the Normandy coast for summer holidays.
Dior’s family had hoped he would become a diplomat, but Dior was artistic and wished to be involved in art. To make money, he sold his fashion sketches outside his house for about 10 cents each. In 1928, Dior left school and received money from his father to finance a small art gallery, where he and a friend sold art by the likes of Pablo Picasso. Three years later, after the death of Dior’s mother and brother and a financial disaster in the family’s fertilizer business, during the Great Depression, that resulted in his father losing control of Dior Frères, the gallery had to be closed.
From 1937, Dior was employed by the fashion designer Robert Piguet, who gave him the opportunity to design for three Piguet collections. Dior would later say that ‘Robert Piguet taught me the virtues of simplicity through which true elegance must come.’ One of his original designs for Piguet, a day dress with a short, full skirt called “Cafe Anglais”, was particularly well received. Whilst at Piguet, Dior worked alongside Pierre Balmain, and was succeeded as house designer by Marc Bohan – who would, in 1960, become head of design for Christian Dior Paris. Dior left Piguet when he was called up for military service.
In 1942, when Dior left the army, he joined the fashion house of Lucien Lelong, where he and Balmain were the primary designers. For the duration of World War II, Dior, as an employee of Lelong — who labored to preserve the French fashion industry during wartime for economic and artistic reasons — designed dresses for the wives of Nazi officers and French collaborators, as did other fashion houses that remained in business during the war, including Jean Patou, Jeanne Lanvin, and Nina Ricci. His sister, Catherine (1917–2008), served as a member of the French Resistance, was captured by the Gestapo, and sent to the Ravensbrück concentration camp, where she was incarcerated until her liberation in May 1945.
This Christian Dior Retail Fixtures index page aggregates links to all post and photos of the brand’s retail merchandising and outfitting.
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” Dior Branded Lipstick Pedestal Museum Case ”
“ Dior Cosmetics Museum Case Pedestal ”
” Dior Branded Cosmetics Directors Chair ”
“Dior Window Pipe Dreams in Pink PVC”
“Dior Window Pipe Dreams in Purple PVC“
“Rag0 Brothers Treasury Of Designer Purse Charms”
“Do-It-Yourself Dragonfly Inhabits Foamcore Wetland”
“Equal Billing for Designer Fragrance Brands”
“Dior® Corners The Christmas Ornament Market”
“Dior Branded and Be-Ribbonded”
“Dior Homme Branded Bas-Relief”
“Dior Logo as Visual Footnote”
“Dior Vespa Fashion Helmets”
“Doorway to Dior”
“Intricate Christian Dior Architectural Grillwork”
“Christian Dior Headform Bondage”
“Christian Dior Articulates in Ebony”
“Dior Brand as In-Store Cypher“
“Dior Doodles Date-Stamped“
“Dior Coffee Table Book and Scarf Tray“
“Dior Table Stands Are Floored”
“Designer Brands Reinterpreted”
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