Maria Grazia Chiuri examines what defines the quintessential women's jacket, through exquisite tailoring and all the while paying homage to the House's hallmark silhouettes.
Elegance and modernity are two ideals that have become synonymous with Dior creations. Maria Grazia Chiuri's design contributions have helped mold and maintain this impression. It has been her vision to unite heritage inspiration and feminism with a contemporary spirit. She has done so with the collection of Dior Women jackets, especially her iterations of the iconic Bar Jacket. One of the House's most famous pieces, the Bar Jacket was first created in 1947. Its notch lapels, sculptural lines, sleek tailoring and peplum hem all define the signature silhouette that embodies the couturier's “New Look”. That style has since been reinterpreted in a multitude of ways without ever losing its modern appeal, showing what it means to be a true mainstay. Since the introduction of that iconic style, anoraks, denim jackets, peacoats, bombers and blazers for women have all become staples in the collection. Bombers and denim jackets showcase how utilitarian-inspired details can be transformed into works of femininity and beauty. The anorak has become one of Maria Grazia Chiuri's hallmark silhouettes. Its hood, relaxed fit, unexpected fabrics and signature 'Christian Dior' band across the chest distinguish the style with a contemporary take on streetwear. The anorak and other Dior Women jackets act as a canvas for all seasonal motifs and themes. The emblematic Dior Oblique motif, that debuted in 1967, has proven its timelessness, as the pattern is still prevalent in Maria Grazia Chiuri's jacket designs. Toile de Jouy, a classic French pattern, also frequently appears throughout the collection, grounding the modern designs with a nod to French heritage. Crafted in a multitude of exquisite fabrics such as sumptuous wools, top-quality denim, delicate tulle and technical fabrics, each women's designer jacket flatters them beautifully. The more structured silhouettes trace the contours of the waist with grace, whereas the looser-fitting styles deliver effortlessness and a relaxed-meets-refined allure. Structured silhouettes like the Bar Jacket create a total look when styled with a coordinated mid-length skirt. All the jackets, however, have the capacity to be paired with any piece from the Dior collection and in doing so will further exude the timeless elegance of the House.