Here’s the next instalment in my video series about the research behind The Paris Secret, the writing of the book and way I’ve used real life events and people in the story.

Australians Were the First in the World to See Dior’s Gowns

You’ve probably all picked up on the fact that Dior gowns play quite a big role in the book but did you know there was a really strong connection between Dior and Australia back in the late 1940s and 1950s? I explore that connection between Dior and Australia in The Paris Secret.

In 1947, Australia became the very first country outside France to show Christian Dior’s gowns. David Jones held a series of fashion parades in the store, transforming the entire fourth floor into a Parisian salon. These Paris Fashions For All parades featured four Dior gowns – and they caused a sensation among Australian customers who’d never seen anything like those dresses before and who had, for the first time ever, access to fashions directly from Paris.

Find Out More

You can find out more in the video below, where I also talk about the way I’ve used those early fashion parades in Sydney and those four Dior gowns in The Paris Secret. You can find the first video, about Christian’s sister Catherine, who is also a character in the book, here. Enjoy!