Friday, March 28, 2014

The Dior "Bar" Suit: A Neiman Marcus Copy



There's no look more iconic than the Dior "Bar" suit of 1947.  The exaggerated silhouette and free use of fabric galvanized a fashion industry that had faced strict wartime rationing, and ushered in the post-World War II era.

Christian Dior, "Bar" suit,Courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art
http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/works-of-art/C.I.58.34.30_C.I.69.40
The look was widely copied, and this Christmas, my brother gave me a suit jacket that's very clearly modeled on the "Bar" suit.


The label, which indicates it was made for Neiman Marcus' flagship store in Dallas, is of the style used in the post-war 1940s, meaning the jacket must have been made shortly after Dior's groundbreaking debut.  I've said it before, I'll say it again, vintage labels are a godsend, and so is the Vintage Fashion Guild.




Beyond being just a terrific guild for a vintage clothing hound, it means a lot to me-- it's from the same store my brother and I went to when I visited him in Dallas.  I love having pieces created in the same city in which I've found them, so on many levels, I'm so thrilled to have this jacket.




To mimic the "Bar" suit silhouette, I paired it with a long wool Pendleton skirt, and added a crinoline underneath to give it just a little volume.  The hat--from the same place as the suit jacket!--is also from Neiman Marcus' Dallas store, made only a few years after the jacket.





I wanted to photograph this so much earlier, but man, the holidays are not the time to try and fit into a Dior-inspired suit--especially since I don't have a waist cincher.  As it is, I took these right after a breakfast of French toast.  ...I've had better ideas.

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  1. Great outfit, absolutely dior-ish! If I have to choose between a waist cincher and breakfast...I´d also go for breakfast :-)

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    1. Thank you! And no kidding, that French toast was terrific. Worth it!

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  2. Perfection! That's amazingly similar to the Bar suit, and the colors are just great.
    (And, seeeeee? That walkway is great for photos!)

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    1. Hahah, I know, I'd meant to photograph there before, but it was too windy! And thanks!!

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  3. From one unendingly devoted Bar Suit (and New Look) lover to another, let me extend you the most enthusiastic of standing ovations on your sublimely lovely interpretation of it.

    ♥ Jessica

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    1. Thank you, Jessica! That means so much, coming from you in particular!
      xo

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  4. This is lovely! The Bar Suit really set a new bar (yes, bad pun totally intended!) for fashion in the post-war years. I love how it has inspired this outfit! And I won't lie, I like your take more than the original! The color is stunning! As is the detailing!

    I too love finding items in their original town! Seeing White Stag and such here in Portland is really nifty.

    xoxo
    -Janey

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    1. Ooh wow, that's a compliment! I'll be on the hunt now for something from Providence; it's definitely a more useful sort of souvenir.

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  5. That is a stunning suit. The silhouette is so flattering.
    Rowena x

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    1. Thanks so much! It definitely creates a really feminine figure, whether you've got it or not!

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  6. you look stunning in this suit. your poses are absolutely authentic. great post and look.

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