February 17, 2020
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A standard of precise tailoring, the jacket became the celebrated style piece that heralded the new age of fashion.

For all the new forms it took through time, Christian Dior’s distinct style piece remains celebrated until the present. Chalking up the name to its intended purpose of wearing during afternoon cocktails, the Bar Jacket became legendary for its strongly feminine silhouette. When paired under a pleated A-line skirt, the jacket gives a flamboyant swing. Under the imagination of the fashion house’s creative directors like John Galliano and Maria Grazia Chiuri, the jacket underwent different versions, turning it into one of the timeless and favorite signatures of the fashion set.

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LEFT: Bar inspired looks for Haute Couture Autumn-Winter 2012 collection by Raf Simons. RIGHT: Psychose suit, Haute Couture Spring-Summer 2018 collection by Maria Grazia Chiuri. (Photos from Dior)

Taking in New Shapes

The soft shoulders and cinched waist of the jacket were born from following the trends in the 1940s and 1950s. Yet as fashion evolved over time, the Bar Jacket came to have different forms. At present, Dior’s creative director Maria Grazia Chiuri reimagines the jacket with a masculine aesthetic. The clean lines and the sharp tailoring pair well with denim and tweed, giving a design reflective of modern times. You might have seen stunning versions of it from Italian fashion designer and entrepreneur Chiara Ferragni and British writer and designer Alexa Chung.

No matter what shape the sophisticated jacket takes, it would certainly transcend generations. It is undoubtedly an item you must keep to your collection of designer pieces.

Scroll below to see the many shapes of the DIOR Bar Jacket.

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LEFT: Acacias suit, Haute Couture Spring-Summer 1949 collection, Trompe-l’oeil line. Christian Dior. (Photo from Willy Maywald, ADAGP, 2020) RIGHT: Bar suit, Haute Couture Spring-Summer 1947 collection by Christian Dior. (Photo from Willy Maywald, ADAGP, 2020)
John Galliano for Christian Dior. LEFT: Haute Couture Autumn-Winter 2009 collection. RIGHT: Haute Couture Spring-Summer 2010 collection. (Photos from Guy Marineau)
LEFT: Marc Bohan‘s Reproduction of the iconic Bar suit from Haute Couture Spring-Summer 1987 collection. (Photo from Guy Marineau) RIGHT: Maria Grazia Chiuri‘s Bar suit, Haute Couture Autumn-Winter 2017 collection. (Photo from Dior)
Raf Simons for Christian Dior. LEFT: Bar inspired looks for Haute Couture Autumn-Winter 2012 collection. RIGHT: Bar inspired looks for Haute Couture Autumn-Winter 2012 collection. (Photos from Dior)
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