Christian Dior first presented the renowned Bar Jacket over 70 years ago during his debut fashion show, where he unveiled the New Look. Since this date, the French fashion house has revisited the iconic piece time and time again, bringing new interpretations to the style, including for Dior’s most recent ready-to-wear show, as well as marking it as a key piece in the label’s permanent collection. The jacket was also a focus in the cruise 2020 collection, where it was reinterpreted with the help of Grace Wales Bonner and Mickalene Thomas.
In celebration of the Bar Jacket – on the anniversary of the first show, which took place on the 12 February 1947 – Dior is celebrating the iconic piece of tailoring by giving us a look inside the atelier at how it comes to life.
“The Bar Jacket is an iconic element of the House of Dior,” creative director Maria Grazia Chiuri said. “It’s construction is very special, it has a very sculptural approach.”
The jacket is recognisable because of its cinched waist, soft shoulders, basques accentuating the shape of the hips, and open neckline, which, unlike much tailoring, exaggerates and celebrates feminine curves.
“I don’t see it associated with a particular type of woman, but more like an object of desire because it is a Dior code,” Grazia Chiuri added.
Scroll through below to see how the iconic Bar Jacket comes to life in Dior’s Paris atelier.
From: Harper’s BAZAAR UK