Picardie's journey to uncover the secret life of Christian Dior's beloved sister Catherine takes the reader to the heart of Occupied Paris, where he mastered the art of couture while Catherine dedicated herself to the French Resistance – until she was captured by the Gestapo and deported to the German concentration camp of Ravensbruck.
After she returned to France, Catherine was barely recognisable to her brother, yet remained at the heart of his vision of femininity. As his fame grew, she retreated into anonymity, dedicating her life to tending the roses that make up her signature scent. Picardie's exploration of this mysterious wartime story leads her deep into other hidden histories, and the result is unforgettable.
Beautifully illustrated with exclusive images from the Dior archives.
Justine Picardie is the Contributing Editor to Harper's Bazaar and was former editor-in- chief. She was formerly a journalist for Sunday Times, a columnist for the Telegraph, editor of the Observer magazine and features director of Vogue. She is the author of five books, including the critically-acclaimed memoir If the Spirit Moves You: Live and Love After Death, and the bestselling Coco Chanel: The Legend and the Life.
'Every single person who has experienced the loss, yearning and honourable rage of bereavement will know that this is their book. There is nothing else like it.' - Nigella Lawson, on IF THE SPIRIT MOVES YOU 'Elegant . . . Coco has, in these pages, come out of hiding.' - Frances Wilson, Telegraph, on COCO CHANEL