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Watch: Justine Picardie talks about Miss Dior

Miss Dior: A Story of Courage and Couture, from the bestselling author of Coco Chanel: The Legend and the Life, 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.

With unparalleled access to the Dior family homes and archives, Justine 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.

Speaking at the Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams exhibition at the V&A Museum in 2019, Justine Picardie introduces us to Catherine Dior’s incredible story, from her close relationship with her older brother as he began his career in Paris to her deportation to the German concentration camp of Ravensbrück.

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Miss Dior is a wartime story of freedom and fascism, beauty and betrayal and ‘a gripping story’ (Antonia Fraser).