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Miss Dior: A Story of Courage and Couture | Justine Picardie
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The overdue restoration of Catherine Dior's extraordinary life, from her brother's muse to Holocaust survivor When the French designer Christian Dior presented his first collection in Paris in 1947, he changed fashion forever. Diors New Look created a striking, romantic vision of femininity, luxury, and grace, making himand his last namefamous overnight. One woman informed Diors vision more than any other: his sister, Catherine, a Resistance fighter, concentration camp survivor, and cultivator of rose gardens who inspired Diors most beloved fragrance, Miss Dior. Yet the story of Catherines remarkable lifeso different from her famous brothershas never been told, until now. Drawing on the Dior archives and extensive research, Justine Picardies Miss Dior is the long-overdue restoration of Catherine Diors life. The siblings stories are profoundly intertwined: in Occupied France, as Christian honed his couture skills, Catherine dedicated herself to the Resistance, ultimately being captured by the Gestapo and sent to Ravensbruck, the only Nazi camp solely for women. Seeking to trace Catherines story as well as her influence on her brother, Picardie traveled to the significant places of Catherines life, including Les Rhumbs, the Dior family villa with its magnificent gardens; the House of Dior in Paris; and La Colle Noire, Christians chateu that he bequeathed to his sister. Inventive and captivating, and shaped by Picardies own journey, Miss Dior examines the legacy of Christian Dior, the secrets of postwar France, and the unbreakable bond between two remarkable siblings. Most important, it shines overdue recognition on a previously overlooked life, one that epitomized courage and also embodied the astonishing capacity of the human spirit to remain undimmed, even in the darkest circumstances. Includes Black-and-White Illustrations
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I‘m so glad this is a part of my week!

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This was such an interesting read! Part bio, part historical exploration of both the French Resistance and the fashion industry. Picardie's journalistic yet personal style kept it from getting too dry or too speculative. #nonfiction

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1) the fashion industry
2) there are really fascinating people who started these fashion houses; used to listen to podcast Dressed and found the biographies of designers really fascinating.
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BookmarkTavern Sounds like a cool podcast! Thank you for posting! 2y
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