dior

dior

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Timeline
Established

1946

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Headquarters

Paris, France

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Founder

Christian Dior

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CEO

Sidney Toledano

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Who is the current Dior designer?

Maria Grazia Chiuri has been women’s artistic director since 2016. Kim Jones has been men’s artistic director since 2018.

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Where are the Dior headquarters?

The Dior headquarters are located at 30 Avenue Montaigne in Paris, France.

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About

Christian Dior, more commonly known as Dior, is a luxury goods company famed for revolutionizing the women’s fashion industry. The brand has been cited as the catalyst for Paris’ revival as the fashion capital of the world after it fell from its prominent position after WWII.

The New Look, with its full-skirted silhouette, brought a fresh face to the masculine uniforms of wartime and has influenced everyone from Miuccia Prada to Alexander McQueen and Vivienne Westwood.

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1946

House of Dior is established as a private house at 30 Avenue Montaigne, Paris.

Businessman Marcel Boussac integrates the new couture house into a textile business he already operates.

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1947

Dior launches his first spring/summer collection. The original lines, titled Corolle and Huit, soon garnered the name the New Look and sparked a revolution in the fashion world. Its full-skirted silhouette collection gained Dior prominent clients from across the world.

Pierre Cardin is named head of the Dior workshop.

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1948

Christian Dior Parfums launch with fragrance Miss Dior.

The first Christian Dior Parfums branch opens in New York.

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1949

Dior opens a luxury read-to-wear house in New York on Fifth Avenue. Diorama fragrance is launched.

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1950

The brand launches a new strategy, which includes making the name Christian Dior visible on luxury items like ties, furs, handbags and accessories.

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1953

A new range of Christian Dior shoes is launched with designer Roger Vivier.

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1954

The first Dior boutique is established in London.

A Dior fashion show is held at Blenheim Palace in honor of Princess Margaret and the Duchess of Marlborough.

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1955

A new flagship store opens between Avenue Montaigne and Rue François ler.

The first Dior lipstick launches.

Yves Saint Laurent, aged 19, becomes Dior’s first and only-ever assistant.

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1957

Christian Dior appears on the cover of TIME.

Christian Dior dies from a heart attack.

Yves Saint Laurent is appointed as artistic director for the fashion house.

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1960

Saint Laurent leaves after being called for military service. He is succeeded by Marc Bohan.

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1963

Diorling fragrance is released.

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1966

Eau Sauvage scent is launched.

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1967

Bohan’s assistant, Philippe Guibourgé launches Dior’s first ready-to-wear collection named Miss Dior.

The first Baby Dior store opens at 28 Avenue Montaigne.

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1968

Christian Dior Cosmetics is created and an exclusive line is launched.

Dior perfume company is sold to luxury goods provider Moët Hennessy.

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1970

Dior Homme is launched.

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1975

The first Dior watch is released, titled Black Moon.

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1985

Perfume Poison is released.

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1989

Gianfranco Ferré replaces Marc Bohan as Head of Design. He heads up the Haute Couture, Fashion Furs, Women’s Ready-to-Wear, Ready-to-Wear and the Women’s Collection collections. He is the first non-French designer to head up the house.

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1995

Christian Dior Couture is launched as a subsidiary of the brand – by now the brand is part of major luxury goods conglomerate LVMH.

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1996

John Galliano is appointed the new Director of Design.

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1999

J’adore perfume is released. Dior debut the saddle bag at the Spring-Summer 2000 ready-to-wear show.

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2000

Patrick Lavoix is replaced by Hedi Slimane as lead designer for Dior Homme.

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2001

Dior launches men’s fragrance “Higher.” Hedi Slimane becomes the new designer of the Homme line.

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2002

Dior launches perfume “Addict.”

Dior opens the first Dior Homme boutique in Milan.

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2004

Dior opens a flagship boutique in Tokyo.

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2005

Fragrances “Miss Dior Chérie” and “Dior Homme” are launched.

An exhibition celebrating the 100th birthday of Dior is held in the Dior Museum in Granville, Normandy.

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2007

The 60th anniversary of the House of Dior is celebrated.

Kris Van Assche is appointed artistic director of Dior Homme.

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2011

Dior dismisses John Galliano over antisemitic incidents that catch the attention of the tabloid press.

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2012

Dior purchases Parisian embroidery firm Maison Vermont.

Dior appoints Raf Simons as artistic director of the Haute Couture, Ready-to-Wear and Accessories for Women collections.

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2016

Dior names Rihanna as official spokeswoman – making her the first black woman to hold the position.

Dior names Israeli model Sofia Mechetner as the new face of Dior.

Raf Simons announces a surprise departure from House of Dior.

Maria Grazia Chiuri is named women’s artistic director.

Dior opens a new flagship boutique in San Francisco.

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2017

Dior renovates its Madrid store. It launches the new boutique with a masked ball.

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2018

Kim Jones is named men’s artistic director.

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