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Miss Dior

Justine Picardie

Miss Dior is a story of freedom and fascism, beauty and betrayal, roses and repression, and how the polished surface of fashion conceals hidden depths.

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£25.00
Format
Hardback
ISBN
9780571356522
Date Published
09.09.2021
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Summary

THE TIMES TOP 10 BESTSELLER

‘A gripping story in which Justine Picardie brilliantly contrasts the cruel Old World of wartime France with the hopeful New World epitomised by Christian Dior’s New Look.’
ANTONIA FRASER

‘An incredible story of courage, endurance and passion.’
MARIA GRAZIA CHIURI, Creative Director of Dior

‘An extraordinary biography.’
SUNDAY TIMES

‘Exceptional . . . Miss Dior is so much more than a biography.’
DAILY TELEGRAPH

Miss Dior is a story of freedom and fascism, beauty and betrayal, roses and repression, and how the polished surface of fashion conceals hidden depths.

It paints a portrait of the enigmatic woman behind the designer Christian Dior: his beloved younger sister Catherine, who inspired his most famous perfume and shaped his vision of femininity. Justine Picardie’s journey takes her to Occupied Paris, where Christian honed his couture skills while Catherine dedicated herself to the French Resistance, until she was captured by the Gestapo and deported to the German concentration camp of Ravensbrück.

With unparalleled access to the Dior family homes and archives, Picardie’s research into Catherine’s courageous life shines a new light on Christian Dior’s legendary work, and reveals how his enchanting ‘New Look’ emerged out of the shadows of his sister’s suffering.

Tracing the wartime paths of the Dior siblings leads Picardie deep into other hidden histories, and different forms of resistance and sisterhood. She explores what it means to believe in beauty and hope, despite our knowledge of darkness and despair, and discovers the timeless solace of the natural world in the aftermath of devastation and destruction. The result is an exquisite and unforgettably moving book.

*A beautiful, full colour illustrated book featuring exclusive images from the Dior archives*

‘Catherine’s story is beautifully, hauntingly told in spare and elegant prose by Picardie . . . moving and evocative.’
THE TIMES

‘The juxtaposition of the terrible shadows and dazzling light is one of the great strengths of this book . . . A very personal, very passionate book.’
ARTEMIS COOPER, TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT

‘Picardie writes: ‘The vestiges of Catherine’s presence remain as a powerful reminder of the importance of freedom, and why it is worth fighting for.’ There are few truer words.’
THE SPECTATOR

‘Picardie’s book is of the moment, celebrating an unsung hero at a time when female influences are earning new acclaim.’
VOGUE

Miss Dior ensures the bravery of the women at Ravensbrück is not merely a distant echo.’
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‘Beautiful.’ OBSERVER
‘Moving ang beautifully illustrated.’ NEW STATESMAN
‘Stunning.’ RED
Exquisite.’ COUNTRY LIFE
‘Not just beautifully written, this is also a stunningly beautiful book.’ NOON

Critic Reviews

A gripping story in which Justine Picardie brilliantly contrasts the cruel Old World of wartime France with the hopeful New World epitomised by Christian Dior’s New Look: all centred round his sister Catherine Dior, a Resistance heroine.

Antonia Fraser
Critic Reviews

An incredible story of courage, endurance and passion.

Maria Grazia Chiuri, Creative Director of Dior
Critic Reviews

Exceptional . . . Picardie navigates with the intelligence and sympathy you would expect . . . Miss Dior is so much more than a biography. It’s about how necessity can drive people to either terrible deeds or acts of great courage, and how beauty can grow from the worst kinds of horror.

Lucy Davies, Daily Telegraph
Critic Reviews

Catherine’s story is beautifully, hauntingly told in spare and elegant prose by Picardie. The archive photographs — there are more than 400 — are moving and evocative . . . beguilingly told.

Laura Freeman, The Times
Critic Reviews

[A] moving and beautifully illustrated historical biography.

New Statesman
Critic Reviews

Tireless[ly] researched . . . Picardie writes: 'The vestiges of Catherine's presence remain as a powerful reminder of the importance of freedom, and why it is worth fighting for.' There are few truer words.

Anne de Courcy, The Spectator
JustinePicardie

Justine Picardie is the author of six books, including her critically acclaimed memoir, If the Spirit Moves You: Life and Love After Death, and the international bestseller, Coco Chanel: The Legend and the Life. Her most recent book was Miss Dior: A Story of Courage and Couture, a biography of the sister of legendary fashion designer Christian Dior, published by…

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