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Miss Dior: Justine Picardie in conversation with Helena Lee

Justine Picardie
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, beloved younger sister of the visionary designer Christian, who inspired his most famous perfume and shaped his vision of femininity. This online event is FREE for Faber Members.

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Location
Online
Date
10.10.2022
Time
7:00 pm
About the Event

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

What to Expect
  • Our online events take place via Zoom and last up to one hour.
  • You will be emailed the link for the event the day before the event at the very latest. If you haven’t received it by the morning of the event, please forward your confirmation email to members@faber.co.uk.
  • You can ask questions on the night using the Q&A function, although we are unable to guarantee which questions will be covered due to time constraints.
  • When you book for this event, you will receive an email confirmation along with a promotional code to use on our website for 20% off Miss Dior.
About the Author

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. She is a contributing editor to Harper’s Bazaar, having previously been its editor-in-chief. She was formerly an investigative journalist for the Sunday Times, a columnist for the Telegraph, editor of the Observer Magazine and features director of Vogue.

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Miss Dior is a wartime story of freedom and fascism, beauty and betrayal.