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In 1928 his father gave him the money to open an art gallery on the condition that the family name did not appear above the door. Unfortunately, following deaths in the family, Dior’s gallery closed and he scraped a living selling fashion sketches to haute couture houses. When World War II began in 1939 Dior served as an officer for a year. He returned to Paris in 1941 and began playing a more prominent role in the design industry by dressing the wives of the Nazi officers and French collaborators. After the war, Dior was invited by Marcel Boussac to revive a struggling clothing company which he owned.