Christian Dior was born in Normandy, France, in 1905, and he first channeled his love for art into opening an art gallery. In 1938, he entered the fashion world as a designer for Robert Piquet. After serving in World War II, Dior was able to open his own fashion house in 1946. His opulent designs made him successful in the post-war era, and his brand quickly expanded into furs, perfumes, and accessories. Although Christian Dior died in 1957, the company bearing his name continues to live on, creating distinctive fashions, accessories, cosmetics, and fragrances.