Miss Dior: A Story of Courage and Couture (Hardback)Justine Picardie (author)
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In this beautifully crafted and unforgettably moving biography of Catherine Dior – sister to Christian and a Resistance hero who was brutally tortured and dispatched to Ravensbrück concentration camp – Justine Picardie reveals the hidden depths beneath the glimmering surface of haute couture.
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.
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Number of pages: 448
Weight: 760 g
Dimensions: 235 x 174 x 41 mm
'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 . . . in this book it is Catherine's story that 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<?p>
'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.' - Daily Telegraph
'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
'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
'Stunning.' - Red
'Exquisite.' - Country Life
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