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In 1947, Christian Dior presented a collection of wasp-waisted and hip-padded designs. The American press immediately dubbed it the "New Look." The collection was a repudiation of the styles of the 1920s and 1930s, and it was also clearly indebted to the styles and body-shapers of the late nineteenth century. "The Bar Suit" was considered the most iconic model in the collection, manifesting all the attributes of Dior's dramatic atavism.

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