Published on 17 June 2021

Justine Picardie’s ‘Miss Dior’ Book Launch

02 September 2021
£55 - £75
Framsden Hall Barn, Framsden, Stowmarket, IP14 6HL

British author and editor Justine Picardie is set to deliver a special daytime lecture ahead of the release of her new book, Miss Dior: A Story of Courage and Couture.

Justine is the author of six books, including her critically acclaimed memoir, If the Spirit Moves You: Life and Love After Death, and the international bestseller, Coco Chanel: The Legend and the Life. She is a contributing editor to Harper’s Bazaar, having previously been its editor in chief.

She was formerly a journalist for the Sunday Times, a columnist for the Telegraph, editor of the Observer Magazine, Town & Country, and features director of Vogue.

Ms Picardie will be coming to Framsden Hall for a unique event on Thursday 2nd September, in aid of Ormiston Families.

Her new book tells the story of the enigmatic woman behind Christian Dior: his beloved younger sister Catherine, who inspired his most famous perfume and shaped his vision of femininity. A heroic member of the French Resistance, who was deported to Germany during the Second World War, Catherine Dior was also passionate about gardens – and roses in particular, which she cultivated as a key ingredient for Dior perfumes.

Ms Picardie will also sign copies of her new book, published by Faber & Faber, which will be sold on the day (1 week ahead of its official launch) or reserve your copy now at the special ‘event only’ discounted price of £20, all in aid of the charity.

She says: “I’m delighted to be able to support the vital work of Ormiston Families, and I’m looking forward to talking about Christian and Catherine Dior in such an enchanting setting. They had a mutual love of creating gardens, and discovered solace in the natural world, so it feels timely to be sharing their story with an audience who appreciates the beauty of Helmingham Hall gardens.”

Lady Tollemache, President of Ormiston Families, said: “Securing Justine for our special ‘in conversation with’ event is so exciting for us and we are incredibly grateful that she has decided to share insights into the book with our audience even before its official launch.

“Ms Picardie is exceptionally well respected for her work as an author, as an editor in chief, and also as someone who has such incredible knowledge about fashion and society throughout the generations.”

Mandy Errington, Owner of DJV Boutique said ‘I’m delighted to be sponsoring this event, DJV Boutique encourages women to be more confident and expressive in their personal style, so the theme of Miss Piccardie’s new book is most fitting and exciting.’

10:30am – Arrive at Framsden Hall and enjoy complimentary Pimm’s/Coffee

11:00am – Talk & Book signing with Justine Picardie

12:00pm – Lunch, raffle

Guests may look around the gardens of Framsden Hall and/or enjoy free entry into the gardens at Helmingham Hall after the event (entry only valid on 2/9/21).

Please note: This event will be held under any social distancing guidelines that prevail at the time.

For vegetarian option or any other dietary requirements please contact our Philanthropy Manager Gavin Lamb on

Tickets must be booked in advance, and can be secured at a cost of £55 or £75 including a copy of the book by using the below form: