Design House: House of Dior (French, founded 1947)
Designer: Christian Dior (French, Granville 1905–1957 Montecatini)
Date: spring/summer 1947
Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. John Chambers Hughes, 1958
Accession Number: C.I.58.34.30
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.