Christian Dior (French, Granville 1905–1957 Montecatini)
Length at CB: 17 1/2 in. (44.5 cm)
Gift of Mrs. John Chambers Hughes, 1958
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 964
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.