black & white photo of Catherine Dior in a ruffled ballgown looking out a window; text above reads 'Justine Picardie' and below reads 'Miss Dior: A Story of Courage and Couture'

Miss Dior: A Story of Courage and Couture

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Miss Dior: A Story of Courage and Couture is the overdue restoration of Catherine Dior's extraordinary life, from her brother's muse to Holocaust survivor.

When the French designer Christian Dior presented his first collection in Paris in 1947, he changed fashion forever. Dior's "New Look" created a striking, romantic vision of femininity, luxury, and grace, making him—and his last name—famous overnight. One woman informed Dior's vision more than any other: his sister, Catherine, a Resistance fighter, concentration camp survivor, and cultivator of rose gardens who inspired Dior's most beloved fragrance, Miss Dior. Yet the story of Catherine's remarkable life—so different from her famous brother's—has never been told until now.

Inventive, captivating, and shaped by Picardie's own journey, Miss Dior examines the legacy of Christian Dior, the secrets of postwar France, and the unbreakable bond between two remarkable siblings. Most importantly, it shines overdue recognition on a previously overlooked life, one that epitomized courage and embodied the astonishing capacity of the human spirit to remain undimmed, even in the darkest circumstances.


448 pages

Measurements: 6 x 9 inches

Published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux in 2021