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"Bar"

Design House:
House of Dior (French, founded 1947)
Designer:
Christian Dior (French, Granville 1905–1957 Montecatini)
Date:
spring/summer 1947
Culture:
French
Medium:
silk
Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. John Chambers Hughes, 1958
Accession Number:
C.I.58.34.30
Not on view
In 1947, Christian Dior presented a collection of wasp-waisted and hip-padded designs. The American press immediately dubbed it the "New Look." The collection was a repudiation of the styles of the 1920s and 1930s, and it was also clearly indebted to the styles and body-shapers of the late nineteenth century. "The Bar Suit" was considered the most iconic model in the collection, manifesting all the attributes of Dior's dramatic atavism.
Marking: [label] "Christian Dior, Paris"
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Christian Dior," December 12, 1996–March 23, 1997.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Haute Couture," December 7, 1995–March 24, 1996.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Waist Not," March 30, 1994–August 21, 1994.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Extreme Beauty: The Body Transformed," December 4, 2001–March 17, 2002.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Art of Fashion," October 23, 1967–January 1, 1968.

Musée des Arts de la Mode. "Hommage a Christian Dior," March 21, 1987–October 4, 1987.

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