Christian Dior SA
Christian Dior S.A.
Société Anonyme (S.A.)
December 16, 1946
160 boutiques globally
Worldwide high-end shopping
Bernard Arnault, Chairman of
the Board, CEO, Sidney
John Galliano, head designer
of Haute couture/RTW
Kris van Assche, designer for
Victoire de Castellane,
designer of Fine Jewellry
High fashion retail
€17.933 billion (2008)
€3.621 billion (2008)
€2.224 billion (2008)
42% of LVMH
Moët-Hennessy • Louis
Christian Dior Parfums (Est.
Christian Dior Cosmetics (Est.
Dior Homme (Est.1970)
Christian Dior Couture (Est.
Headquartered in Paris, Christian Dior S.A.
(more commonly known as Dior) is a French
high-fashion clothing retailer which owns the
major luxury company, Moët Hennessy •
Louis Vuitton. Alone, Christian Dior S.A. itself
controls 42% of LVMH assets. The Dior label
is the namesake of designer Christian Dior
who launched the haute couture empire in
1946. Christian Dior Couture, a division of
the whole House of Dior, designs and pro-
duces some of the world’s most coveted
haute couture, as well as luxury ready-to-
wear fashion, menswear and accessories.
Today, Dior operates about 160 boutiques
worldwide with plans to open more in the
Competitors to the House of Dior include,
among many, the fashion houses of Chanel,
Gucci, Versace, and Prada.
The House of Dior was established on Decem-
ber 16, 1946, in "a private house" at 30 Av-
enue Montaigne Paris B. However, the cur-
rent Dior corporation celebrates "1947" as
the opening year. Dior was financially
backed by wealthy businessman Marcel
Boussac. The new couture house became
a part of "a vertically integrated textile busi-
ness" already operated by Boussac.