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American Dior av Kate Betts
Christian Dior lived the American dream. From the first time he set foot in New York, the legendary designer had a special relationship with the United States. With the introduction of the New Look, Dior quickly became American fashion's ultimate agent provocateur, playing on the country’s appetite for French savoir-faire.
From the outset, Dior said that his client would be "the most elegant woman in the world," which quickly proved to be true, as he dressed American icons including Lauren Bacall, Grace Kelly, Marilyn Monroe, and Elizabeth Taylor.
Here is the story of how the Dior brand came to define American romantic style.
Kate Betts is the former Editor of TIME Style & Design, a special issue that was published six times a year in the United States and Europe. Betts continues to contribute to the weekly print edition of TIME. Previously, Betts was the Editor in Chief of Harper’s Bazaar.
She moved to Bazaar from Vogue, where she was the Fashion News Director. Prior
to her position at Vogue, Betts was a reporter for and later the bureau chief of the Paris office of Fairchild Publications. In Paris, while she managed daily trade newspaper Women’s Wear Daily and W and M magazines, she also helped conceive and launch W Europe.
She has also held various positions including Paris editor of Metropolitan Home and jobs at the International Herald Tribune and European Travel & Life.
Betts was recently named one of the top 10 fashion editors by Forbes, and she has appeared on network and cable television regularly. She was also the subject of a Lifetime documentary, “Putting Baby to Bed: Wife, Mother, and Editor in Chief,” about her experience as the youngest editor ever to take over a fashion magazine.
Additionally, Betts is the co-author of Diana Vreeland: Bazaar Years (Universe Publishing, 2001). A graduate of Princeton University, she resides in New York with her husband and two children.