Christian Dior always had a passion for art. Though he studied political science, he originally wanted to be an architect. Upon graduating, his father bought him an art gallery, which would go on to display the works of Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque, Jean Cocteau, and Salvador Dali. After his family’s fertilizer business went under during the Great Depression, Dior began drawing fashion sketches and selling them in order to make extra money. Since he founded the house of Christian Dior in 1946, art has always inspired its designs.