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Christian Dior was a French fashion designer, born in Granville, Manche on the 21st of January 1905. He is known for founding the internationally recognised fashion house of the same name. He passed away in 1957.

How rich is Christian Dior? Sources estimate his net worth at $10 million, accumulated during his business career which actually spanned only about 20 years.

Christian Dior Net Worth $10 million

Dior grew up in a wealthy, middle class family, the second of five children, living by the sea in Normandy. Christian’s father, Maurice, manufactured and sold fertilizer. Around 1910 the family moved to Paris. From a young age, Christian expressed an interest in artistic pursuits, and began drawing and designing women’s clothing. Financed by his father, he opened an art gallery in 1928. He was forced to close when the events of the Great Depression left his family near-destitute.

It was not until 1937, that Dior became more involved in fashion, when he was hired to design for Robert Piguet. He was forced to take a brief break when called for military service, but managed to leave the army in 1942, and he took employment with Lucien Lelong, where he continued to produce fashion designs, actually for the wives of occupying Nazis, and for French collaborators during the war.

On the 8th of December 1946, Dior founded his own fashion house. He designed very luxurious outfits, which featured highly curvaceous lines, and used great amounts of fabric. The rationing of fabric during the war had led to simple fashions, and Dior was criticized for the opulence of his clothing until shortages of materials ended. He quickly gathered influential clients, from Hollywood stars to royalty, his profile rising and greatly contributing to his overall wealth. He gave a presentation of his first collection to the royal family of England, though again, due to rationing, the young princesses were not allowed to publicly wear his lavish “new look” designs.

In 1955, Dior hired Yves Saint Laurent as his assistant; he would later name Laurent as his successor.

Also in 1955, he was nominated for an Academy Award for a costume featured in “Terminal Station”, the Vittorio De Sia film. His fashion house made Paris the centre for all things sartorial. He has been referenced in various forms of media, both during his lifetime and after; even rapper Kanye West had a song called “Christian Dior Denim Flow”, which he released in 2010.

Reports of Dior’s death vary. Some sources state he died from a heart attack, induced by choking on a fish bone. Others claim that no fish bone was involved, and he died whilst playing a game of cards, or whilst having sex. The truth is unclear. All we know for sure is that he passed away on the 24th of October, 1957, in Montecatini, Italy. Over 2000 people attended his funeral. His company was, by that time, generating $20 million a year.

In his personal life, Dior was a highly superstitious individual, and often consulted a tarot card reader. He was homosexual, though details of his relationships are sparse, due to societal attitudes of the time.

Quick Facts

Birth date: January 21, 1905
Birth place: Granville, France
Death date: October 23, 1957, Montecatini Terme, Italy
Profession:Designer
Education:Sciences Po
Nationality:French
Parents:Maurice Dior, Isabelle Cardamone
Siblings:Catherine Dior, Raymond Dior, Jacqueline Dior, Bernard Dior
Books:Christian Dior and I., The Little Dictionary of Fashion: A Guide to Dress Sense for Every Woman, Dior by Dior Deluxe Edition: The Autobiography of Christian Dior, Dior by Dior, Christian_dior_and_i - Scholar's Choice Edition, Dior: The Autobiography of Christian Dior, Dior
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Interesting Facts

#Fact
1His father was a fertilizer manufacturer.
2Published "Talking About Fashion" in 1954.
3Autobiography, Dior by Dior (1956)
4His childhood holiday home, Villa des Rhumbs (Granville, Normandy), is a museum.
5Gave each of his dresses names, inspired by the style itself or from on-the-spot inspiration: The "Bobby" dress was named after his dog; the "Lahore" dress he designed for the Duchess of Windsor was inspired by Indian embroidery; the "Gruau" dress was named for his friend, the illustrator.
6Each of his collections was immortalized by the name of a silhouette: the Zigzag line for Spring-Summer 1948; the Ciseau (Scissor) line for Fall-Winter 1949; the Muguet (his favorite flower) line for Spring-Summer 1954.
7Presented his first American collection at 730 Fifth Avenue, New York (8 November 1948)
8Presented his first collection in Paris (12 February 1947)
9Opened his own Fashion House at 30 Avenue Montaigne, Paris (16 December 1946)
10His mother wanted him to become an ambassador.
11Second of five children.
12Born at 1:30am-LMT


Quotes

#Quote
1A dress is a piece of ephemeral architecture, designed to enhance the proportions of the female body.


Nominated Awards

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1986CésarCésar Awards, FranceBest Costume Design (Meilleurs costumes)Bras de fer (1985)
1967BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsBest British Costume (Colour)Arabesque (1966)
1955OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Costume Design, Black-and-WhiteStazione Termini (1953)


Filmography

Costume Designer

Costume Designer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
With Love, Sophia1967TV Movie
Black Tights1961
A Kiss for a Killer1957
Le pays d'où je viens1956
Paris, Palace Hôtel1956
The Ambassador's Daughter1956
Daughters of Destiny1954segment "Jeanne"
Indiscretion of an American Wife1953costume designer: Jennifer Jones
It Happened in Paris1952
No Highway in the Sky1951Miss Dietrich's costumes, uncredited
Under the Paris Sky1951
Les Enfants Terribles1950dresses
Days of Our Years1950Documentary
Stage Fright1950costume designer: Marlene Dietrich - uncredited
Le silence est d'or1947
Passionnelle1947
Sylvie et le fantôme1946
Échec au roy1945
Paméla1945
Les Roquevillard1943
The Phantom Baron1943
Lettres d'amour1942
Le lit à colonnes1942

Costume Department

Costume Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Libel1959costumes: Olivia de Havilland
The Little Hut1957costumes execution: Miss Gardner
Gentlemen Marry Brunettes1955costumes: loot sequence - uncredited
Death of a Cyclist1955wardrobe - as Dior
Paris Waltz1950costumes: Les maquettes de robes de Madame Yvonne Printemps sont de

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Harem1985thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Person to Person1955TV Series documentaryHimself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Dior et Moi2014DocumentaryHimself
Lady Dior Web Documentary2012Documentary shortHimself

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