#37 Talking about the story that haunts you with Justine Picardie

Justine Picardie is a journalist, novelist and memoirist and fashion biographer. Until recently she was editor of Harpers Bazaar magazine. I first encountered her through her publication of Before I Say Goodbye, a collection of pieces by and about her sister Ruth who died of cancer in 1997. We talk about how that book came about, and how fashion and family weave their way through all her writing, including her latest book about Catherine, the sister of Christian Dior.

As well as her journalism, memoirs and a novel inspired by Daphne du Maurier, Justine has written an acclaimed biography of Coco Chanel. She tells me how she has to be 'haunted' by a story before she can write it. Her latest book, Miss Dior, tells the story of Catherine, Christian Dior’s sister and muse. A fighter in the French Resistance, she was a survivor of Ravensbruck concentration camp who received the Croix de Guerre and the Legion d’Honneur. Catherine became a rose farmer in Provence and died a dozen years ago aged 90. Justine's account of her life and her huge influence on Dior is published in September 2021.

Notes: 

Justine on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/justinepicardie
Miss Dior by Justine Picardie: https://www.waterstones.com/book/miss-dior/justine-picardie/9780571356522 
The Wasteland by TS Eliot: https://www.waterstones.com/book/the-wasteland-prufrock-and-other-poems/t-s-eliot/9781434101693 
Clothes in Books: http://clothesinbooks.blogspot.com 

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