To Dior For

To Dior For

Discover how Christian Dior staged a fashion revolution

In 1947 Christian Dior presented his first ever collection. During this he presented his now iconic Bar suit, resplendent with voluminous skirt and cinched in waist - a silhouette that was to change the fashion landscape forever.

After the show, Carmel Snow, the editor in chief of Harper’s Bazaar, was quite clearly bowled over. “It’s quite a revolution, dear Christian! Your dresses have such a new look!” 

Decades later, historian Laurence Benaïm pays homage to this pivotal point in fashion with a book titled Dior: The New Look Revolution, which coincides with an exhibition of the same name housed at the Musée Christian Dior in Granville, France - Dior’s childhood home.

‘The New Look’ hailed a new dawn of style - one that was a world away from the austerity and clothing rations of the Second World War and continues to influence designers today with both Yves Saint Laurent and Raf Simons drawing inspiration from the ingenuity of the Bar suit. Whether its reimagining its feminine silhouette in woollen denim or with masculine prints, the classic Dior silhouette is unmistakeable.

  • Words: Rebecca Parker