‘The New Look’

Fashion Revivals


Left: Figure 1- Dior’s ‘New Look’, Bar suit, 1947 (Vogue.com) Right: Figure 2 – Prada’s A/w’13 collection (Style.com)

As you can see from the two pictures there has been a clear revival of Dior’s New Look in today’s current trends. The shape and essence of the Dior’s look has been captured in Prada’s design but clear development’s have been made to keep the garment’s on trend. For example the fabric choice, the material is a bright coloured tweed a thicker, more vibrant fabric, than that of Dior’s to fit the current trends and season – winter. Prada has altered the fit and has steered away from the corseted tiny waist like Dior’s. It’s kept the focus at the focus at the waist by including a belt. Prada has shortened the length of the jacket and skirt to make sure the garment doesn’t feel outdated or an exact copy but you can still clearly see Prada’s inspiration from the 1940’s silhouettes.

‘His (Dior’s) New Look, as it came to be known, was a “direct, unblushing plan to make women extravagantly, romantically, eyelash-battingly female”.’ (Vogue 1957, cited in Vogue)

 I believe Prada’s collection is still trying to obtain the same female elegance attributes in a current way and the original meaning of Dior’s New Look hasn’t been lost or altered through out the years.


Vogue. (n.d). Photograph by Serge Balkin. Published in Vogue, April 1, 1947 [Online Image]. Available from: http://www.vogue.com/voguepedia/New_Look [Accessed on 08/01/14]

Style.com (2013). Fall 2013 Ready-To-Wear Prada- Look 15 [Online Image]. Available from: http://www.style.com/fashionshows/complete/slideshow/F2013RTW-PRADA/#15 [Accessed 08/01/14]

Vogue (n.d) Voguepidia- New Look [Online].Vogue.com. Available from: http://www.vogue.com/voguepedia/New_Look [Accessed 08/01/14]


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