On 12 February 1947, Christian Dior heralded a new age of fashion. His debut collection birthed an iconic item that would forever be celebrated for its unabashedly feminine silhouette. Dubbed the ‘New Look’, the Bar Jacket — named for its intended use during afternoon cocktail hours — made its first public appearance in the stately dove grey salons of 30 Montaigne. The jacket, made from cream shantung, boasted a dramatic nipped waist, soft shoulders and padded hips. A black pleated A-line skirt flared out, giving the suit an elegant swing. Flamboyant and utterly feminine, it was a stark contrast to the utilitarian and austere attire of a post-war society.
With Monsieur Dior’s death in 1957, the silhouette was repeatedly reworked and revisited by the house’s creative directors including Yves Saint Laurent, John Galliano, and Maria Grazia Chiuri.
Today, it continues to be proof of Dior’s impeccable savoir faire. It remains an astounding architectural piece — it takes more than 150 hours of work for it to appear as it always has — like it was moulded on a woman’s body.