Miss Dior: Justine Picardie in conversation with Helena Lee
To mark the paperback publication of highly acclaimed Miss Dior: A Wartime Story of Courage and Couture, join writer and journalist Justine Picardie for a fascinating journey into the life of Catherine Dior, the beloved younger sister of the visionary designer Christian Dior, who inspired his most famous perfume and shaped his vision of femininity. Justine Picardie will discuss the extraordinary life of Catherine Dior with Helena Lee of Harper’s Bazaar.
The youngest of five siblings from a once prosperous family, Catherine joined Christian in wartime Paris, where he honed his couture skills and she dedicated herself to the French Resistance and the battle against the Nazis. Eventually captured by the Gestapo, she was deported to the German concentration camp of Ravensbrück. The wartime paths of the Dior siblings lead to other hidden histories and different forms of resistance and sisterhood. In the aftermath of war, and despite the darkness and despair she experienced, Catherine’s belief in beauty and hope led her to find endless solace in the natural world.
‘A gripping story.’ ANTONIA FRASER
‘Exceptional . . . 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.’ DAILY TELEGRAPH
‘Extraordinary . . . Picardie uses her investigative reporting skills . . . the result is Netflix-worthy and the pace page-turning . . . Catherine’s story shines — the quiet Dior who preferred flowers to fashion, the unsung heroine who survived the abuse of the Third Reich to help liberate France.’ SUNDAY TIMES
Helena Lee is the features director of Harper’s Bazaar, responsible for the magazine’s art and culture content, and co-edits the annual magazine Bazaar Art, which celebrates women in the art world. In February 2020, she founded the platform East Side Voices to raise the visibility of British East and Southeast Asian talent, and her book of the same name was published last January by Sceptre. She is a Platform Presents Playwright judge, a founding member of the Ginsburg Health Board, and a visiting lecturer at City University.
Image: Justine Picardie by Oliver Holms
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