Christian Dior (January 21, 1905 - October 24, 1957) was an influential French fashion designer. In 1946 he established his main house of couture in Paris. in twelve years he expanded his business to 15 countries and employed over 2,000 people.
Dior is known mainly for the 1947 "New Look" which employed narrow shoulders, constricted waist, emphasized bust, and long, wide skirt. His designs represented consistent classic elegance, stressing the feminine look. After his death, the firm continued under Yves St. Laurent, Marc Bohan, and Gianfranco Ferre.