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Heckfield Place Hook RG27 0LD United Kingdom
Time 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Price £45

Talk: Justine Picardie on Miss Dior

Returning to Heckfield after her talk on her international bestseller, "Coco Chanel: The Legend and the Life", Justine Picardie will be discussing her new book, "Miss Dior: A Story of Courage and Couture'.

This paints a portrait of the enigmatic woman behind the designer Christian Dior: his beloved younger sister Catherine, who inspired his most famous perfume and shaped his vision of femininity. And it takes the reader into the heart of Occupied Paris, where Christian honed his couture skills while Catherine dedicated herself to the French Resistance, until she was captured by the Gestapo and deported to the German concentration camp of Ravensbrück.

With unparalleled access to the Dior family homes and archives, Picardie’s research into Catherine’s courageous life shines a new light on Christian Dior’s legendary work, and reveals how his enchanting ‘New Look’ emerged out of the shadows of his sister’s suffering.

Tracing the wartime paths of the Dior siblings leads Picardie deep into other hidden histories, and different forms of resistance and sisterhood. She explores what it means to believe in beauty and hope, despite our knowledge of darkness and despair, and discovers the timeless solace of the natural world in the aftermath of devastation and destruction. The result is an exquisite and unforgettably moving book.

Tickets can include a signed copy of the new hardback book, ‘Miss Dior: A Story of Courage and Couture’ (Faber & Faber, £25rrp) signed by Justine, a contributing editor to Harper’s Bazaar and formerly its editor-in-chief. She was also a columnist for the Telegraph, editor of the Observer Magazine and features director of Vogue.

Justine will be on stage with Julietta Dexter, the founder of Science Magic.Inc, which partners with brands to articulate their purpose, develop their commercial strategies and build their digital interfaces. Previously she founded The Communications Store. In April 2020 Julietta’s book Good Company: How to Build a Business Without Losing Your Values was published by Atlantic Books and she is Chair of Smart Works Charity as well as being an Ambassador for the Prince’s Trust campaign, Women Supporting Women.

The Screening Room Bar will open at 6.15pm.

Due to high demand, our pre-screening dinner Earth in Marle Restaurant (three-course fixed set menu as explained below) at 5.30pm needs to be reserved in advance. If you would like to book a table, please email

Bound by the rhythm of the seasons, our restaurants are fuelled by the biodynamic Market Garden and organic Home Farm. From gluts to unloved bits like beetroot tops, we hope not to waste an ounce of produce.

This daily-changing menu – echoing our Culinary Director Skye Gyngell’s ground-breaking Scratch menu at Spring in London – features elegantly simple, delicious food using ingredients that otherwise might have been overlooked.

Being inspired by what we have to hand means we cannot alter the early evening menu on the night. If you have any dietary requirements or allergies, we suggest you order from the a la carte menu of the day.