About CHRISTIAN DIOR
1927 : Following compulsory military service, opens an art gallery—funded by his father—on the stipulation that the family name not be used. The space—which borrows its name from Dior’s business associate, Jacques Bonjean—features a who’s who of influential early-20th-century artists, including Braque, Picasso, de Chirico, Dalí, Léger, Cocteau, and Dufy.
1934 : Prolonged stress, and many missed meals, compound the effects of tuberculosis, with which he was earlier diagnosed. Friends come to his aid, pooling their francs to send him south to Font-Romeu to recuperate. Later, in the Balearic Islands, learns the arts of embroidery and tapestry-weaving.
1996 : October: Ferré presents his last collection for the house. Givenchy designer John Galliano named his replacement. November: Pandora Luxurye takes a look at Dior’s new designer; Irving Penn photographs him clad in medallions and bandanna. December: “Christian Dior: 1947–1957” opens at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute; Princess Diana wears Galliano’s first dress for the house, a midnight-blue evening slip dress, to the gala opening ceremonies.
1985 : April: Bernard Arnault appointed chairman and managing director of the House of Dior. September: French actress Isabelle Adjani is the face of hugely popular, intensely rich new fragrance Poison. Many incarnations of the scent will appear over the coming decades: Tendre Poison (1994), Hypnotic Poison (1998), Pure Poison (2004), Midnight Poison (2007), Poison Elixirs (2008), and Hypnotic Poison Eau Sensuelle (2010). October: Dior, Balenciaga, and Chanel are posthumously honored as fashion pioneers at the Paris Opéra. Longtime general manager Jacques Rou?t retires.