Christian Dior was born in France in 1905. He started out in fashion as an illustrator, and later went to work for Robert Piguet and then Lucien Lelong. He launched his own fashion house in 1946, and his 1947 "New Look" collection — pinched waist, soft shoulders, full skirts — put his house on the map and reestablished post-war Paris as the center of world fashion. Christian Dior passed away in 1957 at the age of 52.
After Dior's death, his 21-year-old assistant, Yves Saint Laurent, took over as the house designer. He was succeeded by Marc Bohan, then Gianfranco Ferrè. John Galliano became creative director of the women's line in 1996. He was fired in early 2011; in 2012 he was replaced by Raf Simons.
Hedi Slimane oversaw the men's line from 2000 through 2007, when he was replaced by Kris Van Assche.
The Dior fragrance line
Christian Dior Parfums is now part of Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy.
Miss Dior (now known as "Miss Dior Classic" or "Miss Dior Original") was launched in 1947. After that came Diorama (1949), Eau Fraiche (1955), Diorissimo (1956), Eau Sauvage (1956), Diorling (1963), Diorella (1972), Dior-Dior (1976), Dioressence (1979) and Jules (1980).
Les Créations de Monsieur Dior
In 2009, the company reissued and/or repackaged a collection of older fragrances under the name Les Créations de Monsieur Dior. The original collection included Diorissimo, Diorella, Diorissimo, Eau Fraîche and Forever and Ever Dior. In 2011, Diorama was added to this series.
Poison and Poison flankers
Poison, released in 1985, was the first feminine fragrance without the word Dior in the name, and was followed by the flankers Tendre Poison (1994), Hypnotic Poison (1998), Pure Poison (2004), Pure Poison Elixir (2006), Midnight Poison (2007), Poison Elixirs (2008), Hypnotic Poison Eau Sensuelle (2010), Hypnotic Poison Eau Secrète (2013).
Other recent releases
2006: Midnight Charm
2007: Fahrenheit 32, Dior Addict 2 Summer Peonies, Miss Dior Cherie Eau de Toilette, Dior Homme Cologne, Eau Sauvage Fraicheur Cuir, Dior Addict Shine & J'Adore Le Jasmin, J'Adore L'Absolu, Dior Homme Intense, La Collection Particuliere Passage N°4, N°8 & N°9
Where to buy
At major department stores or at the online fragrance discounters.
See pictures of the New Look fashions, and read more about Dior's designs at designmuseum.