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Raising The Bar: Dior Celebrates 73 Years Of The Bar Jacket

An essential element of Christian Dior’s revolutionary New Look, the style has proved to be an evergreen classic, reinterpreted over the years by designers like Raf Simons, John Galliano, and Maria Grazia Chiuri
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It would not be hyperbolic to say that Dior’s Bar Jacket never goes out of style. Today marks the 73rd anniversary of this quintessential design, practically an age in the fickle world of fashion. Created by Christian Dior in 1947 as part of his inaugural haute couture collection, better known as the “New Look”, the Bar Jacket found immediate success with its clean lines, hourglass silhouette, and luxurious fabric, the complete antithesis to the austere and utilitarian clothes prevalent during the years of World War II.

So named because it was meant to be worn for the cocktail hours of bars in the grand hotels of Paris, the Bar Jacket was (and is) defined by softened shoulders, a nipped-in waist, and a bulbous peplum unfolding like flower petals over the hips, and was often worn with a full, knife-pleated skirt. Perhaps no other style better embodies the revolutionary femininity of Dior than this legendary garment.

1581480573051516 1 bar suit haute couture spring summer 1947 collection by christian dior. associations willy maywald   adagp 2020 copy
Christian Dior Haute Couture Spring/Summer 1947
1581479007098383 2 premier avril suit haute couture spring summer 1950 collection verticale line. christian dior. associations willy maywald   adagp 2020
Christian Dior Haute Couture Spring/Summer 1950

Not a one-season wonder but a wear-forever classic, the Bar Jacket has been revisited and reinterpreted by each of the maison’s artistic directors in the decades since, from Yves Saint Laurent and Marc Bohan to Gianfranco Ferré, John Galliano, and Raf Simons. And of course, current head creative Maria Grazia Chiuri. The Italian designer even made it the cornerstone of the 30 Montaigne collection, a timeless and seasonless line composed of the most iconic looks in house history, like the fashion version of a best hits playlist.  

Scroll to check out how the Bar Jacket has evolved over the years:

1581479187122832 3 mb reproduction of the iconic bar suit from haute couture spring summer 1987 collection. christian dior by marc bohan. guy marineau
Christian Dior Haute Couture Spring/Summer 1987 by Marc Bohan
1581479193087080 4 mb suit from haute couture spring summer 1987 collection. christian dior by marc bohan. guy marineau
Christian Dior Haute Couture Spring/Summer 1987 by Marc Bohan
1581479420612181 5 gf force ment dress haute couture spring summer 1991 collection. christian dior by gianfranco ferre . guy marineau
Christian Dior Haute Couture Spring/Summer 1991 by Gianfranco Ferré
1581479278249834 6 jg diosera suit haute couture spring summer 1997 collection. christian dior by john galliano. guy marineau
Christian Dior Haute Couture Spring/Summer 1997 by John Galliano
1581479285488786 7 jg haute couture autumn winter 2009 collection. christian dior by john galliano. guy marineau
Christian Dior Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2009 by John Galliano
1581479289451806 8 jg haute couture spring summer 2010 collection. christian dior by john galliano. guy marineau
Christian Dior Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2010 by John Galliano
1581479458198642 9 rs bar inspired looks for haute couture autumn winter 2012 collection. christian dior by raf simons. dior 1
Christian Dior Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2012 by Raf Simons
1581479465257611 10 rs bar inspired looks for haute couture autumn winter 2012 collection. christian dior by raf simons. dior 2
Christian Dior Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2012 by Raf Simons
1581479550298006 12 mgc re ve infini and double re ve suits for haute couture spring summer 2017 collection. christian dior by maria grazia chiuri. dior
Christian Dior Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2017 by Maria Grazia Chiuri
1581479554228948 11 mgc bar suit haute couture autumn winter 2017 collection. christian dior by maria grazia chiuri. dior
Christian Dior Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2017 by Maria Grazia Chiuri

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