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Originally constructed as an assignment for a short couture and tailoring course at CAE, the "Mademoiselle" suit is one of few "retro reproduction" commercial patterns that properly capture the shape of the original garment:

Butterick  #5962, based upon the iconic "Bar Suit" that launched Christian Dior's career. 


This dramatically-tapered jacket features covered buttonholes, extensive dartwork and is fully lined within.The skirt features a gathered waist and is supported by a small tulle petticoat.

When it debuted in 1947 this "New Look" was considered quite scandalous. In comparison to the slim, fabric-saving rayon dresses necessary during the wartime rationing of the 40's, this collection of full-skirted silk and woolen creations were perceived as so decadent, women were openly targeted in the Parisian streets for sporting them!

Nevertheless, owing to its feminine hourglass shape, the New Look became a sartorial revolution, catapulting the French fashion industry back to its pre-war glory. It became de rigeur  for modern fashionable women the world over; including Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon and the inimitable Eva Peron.


Christian Dior-inspired ladies' suit



2-Piece Vintage-style suit - Silver silk shantung, satin lining.
Geometric satin over organza - July 2016