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Christian Dior

The label was founded by the late Christian Dior, responsible for the 'New Look' silhouette, and modernised by Raf Simons.

Vital statistics

  • 1946 Established
  • Public Type
  • 1,001 - 5,000 Number of employees
  • 235 Stores
  • Paris, France HQ

Key people

  • Kris Van Assche Chief Designer for Dior Homme
  • Victoire de Castellane Chief Designer for Fine Jewellery

Company Snapshot

Company Snapshot

Christian Dior S.A., commonly known as Dior, is a French luxury goods company controlled and chaired by businessman Bernard Arnault who also heads LVMH Moët Hennessy • Louis Vuitton – the world's largest luxury group. Dior itself holds 42.36% shares of and 59.01% voting rights within LVMH.

Founded in 1946 by the eponymous designer Christian Dior, today the company designs and retails ready-to-wear, leather goods, fashion accessories, footwear, jewelry, timepieces, fragrance, make-up, and skincare products while also maintaining its tradition as a creator of recognized haute-couture (under the Christian Dior Couture division). The Christian Dior label remains largely for women's offerings, but also operates the Dior Homme division for men and the baby Dior label for childrenswear.

On 12 February 1947, Dior launched his first fashion collection for Spring-Summer 1947. The collection went down in fashion history as the "New Look" after the editor-in-chief of Harper's Bazaar Carmel Snow exclaimed, "It's such a New Look!" The silhouette was characterised by a small, nipped-in waist and a full skirt falling below mid-calf length, which emphasised the bust and hips, as epitomized by the 'Bar' suit from the first collection.

Dior was financially backed by wealthy businessman Marcel Boussac. Yves Saint Laurent took over as creative director in 1957, until 1960 when he was succeeded by Marc Bohan (1960-1989), then Gianfranco Ferré (1989-1997), John Galliano (1997-2011), and Bill Gaytten (2011-2012). The current creative director is Raf Simons.

Source: Wikipedia

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