Back in February when runway shows were still the norm, artistic director Maria Grazia Chiuri sent out her Dior A/W 20 womenswear collection. The first look? The Dior New Look- but reimagined for the 2020 woman.
The Dior New Look was first conceived as a woman's suit. A tussore silk and wool crêpe jacket, cinched at the waist with rounded shoulders, came to be known as the Bar jacket, and was the staple of what the press would later term the New Look. Paired with a full skirt for Christian Dior's 1947 haute couture debut, the voluminous silhouette marked a revolutionary departure from war time restrictions.
For A/W 20, the Bar jacket returned. Sent out as the opening look in black rib knit, it's a more casual take on the staple couture garment but with no shortcomings on craft. The Dior ateliers developed four prototypes in order to accurately recreate the cut of the original 1947 jacket.
Chiuri has worked over recent seasons to root Dior womenswear in its history whilst also illustrating her woman's sense of ultra-modernity by reimagining house staples. Last month, Dior partnered with Harrods on their ABC Dior service, inviting customers to personalise the house's most emblematic accessories, including the Dior Saddle bag.
Watch the process film below to discover more about the creation of the new Bar jacket.