Christian Dior was born in 1905 in Granville, France.
In 1910 his family moved to Paris and would return to their estate in Granville during the summer.
With pressure from his father he studied Political Science for awhile before Christian was allowed to open an art gallery called Galerie Jacques Bonjean.
He closed the gallery in 1931 when his mother and brother died.
For several years he sold fashion sketches to newspapers and couture houses.
He then found work with Robert Piguet and Pierre Balmain.
During World War II he served as an officer.
After France had surrendered in the war, the cotton giant Marcel Boussac gave Dior the funding he needed to open his own couture house.
Dior's first show was in February of 1947.
This show featured the launch of his "New Look" which consisted of soft shoulders, stiffened bodices, petite waistlines and full voluminous skirts.
Photograph of a model sporting 1947's "New Look".
Dior continued producing beautifully detailed and female figure flattering designs throughout his career.
Pierre Cardin and Yves Saint Laurent both worked alongside Dior.
Cardin left to open his own business and Yves Saint Laurent took over the house of Dior when Dior died in 1957.
Gorgeous commissioned ballgown of the 1949 Dior Venus Ballgown.
This gown is made out of rayon and tulle.
Measurements are 32" Chest and 23" Waist
This gown is listed as being Reserved over at VintageGriffin.com
1956 black crepe dress.
This dress features gathering at the bodice and a cute bow sash at the waist.
Measurements are 36" Chest and 25" Waist
You can purchase this dress for $535- over at the Antique & Vintage Dress Gallery
1957 dotted white tulle gown.
This gown features unique gathered shoulder straps which can be worn gathered up as pictured above or in a bolero style.
Measurements are 34" Chest and 23" Waist
You can "Buy It Now" for $9,450- over at HeavenofGowns com on eBay
This post was originally published on April 5, 2007.