September 26, 2017 by Chris Kilkus
Dior Milestone: A Look Back
1905: Christian Dior is born in the French seaside town of Granville to an affluent family of agricultural industrialists.
1919: Dior meets a fortune-teller, who says he will find success through women.
1923: Dior enters a prestigious political science university in Paris.
1932: Dior and Pierre Colle open a gallery on Rue Cambacérès on the Right Bank in Paris, where they later display Surrealist works by Salvador Dalí, Alberto Giacometti, Pablo Picasso and Man Ray.
1934: Struck with tuberculosis, Dior retreats to the Pyrenees mountains and decides to turn to fashion.
1935: Dior does illustrations for the daily Le Figaro and fashion magazine Le Jardin des Modes and begins to sell drawings to couture houses including Jean Patou, Nina Ricci, Maggy Rouff and Balenciaga.
1938: Dior is hired by couturier Robert Piguet, where he creates the Café Anglais dress.
1941: Dior becomes a designer for Lucien Lelong, where he plays with pencil skirts and rounded pleats.
1946: Supported by industrialist Marcel Boussac, Christian Dior establishes the Christian Dior Couture house and opens workshops at 30 Avenue Montaigne, employing 85 people.
1947: Dior presents his first collection under his own name. Winning the Neiman Marcus “fashion Oscar” in Dallas, he tours Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago and New York.
1948: Christian Dior