No silhouette is as timeless as Christian Dior‘s ‘New Look’ that revolutionised women’s fashion in the 1950s and even today. It seamlessly blended elements of masculinity in the sleek and severe lines of the blazer with the sensual femininity of curves thanks to the New Look’s signature cinched waist.
First introduced in 1947 by Christian Dior himself, the Bar jacket has become not only synonymous with the French maison but also stood the test time. Through the decades, we have seen several iterations of the Bar jacket by previous creative directors such as John Galliano, Raf Simons and the current captain of the Dior ship, Maria Grazia Chiuri.
Many might not know this but the Bar Jacket got it’s name from the bar located at Hotel Plaza Athénée which reopened after the end of World War II, signalling the beginning of a new era. It delivers the sensuality of a cocktail garment while still being grounded by the utilitarian nature of fashion back then. The world war had a devastating impact on the economy and the glamorous and over-the-top dressing of the Victorian era was generally frowned upon at that time. Christian Dior shook the socio-political fabric of the post-war era by bringing back the glamour factor back to clothing and fashion.
Women were allowed to celebrate their femininity and draw attention to desirable assets such as the waist. Fast forward today and the hourglass silhouette is still as desirable as it was before. Today, celebrities like Kim Kardashian and Kylie Jenner popularised the snatched waist and the Bar jacket gives this illusion without the constricting help of a corset. It’s impeccable tailoring draws the eye to the waist immediately. In fact, tailoring is such a key part of the Bar jacket that it takes over 150 hours to complete one garment.
Whether you’re a career woman or a lady of leisure, the Bar jacket is such a versatile addition to any wardrobe, taking you from day to night in a snap. The next time you throw on your Bar jacket, know that it’s not an ordinary blazer but a huge chapter in fashion history.