The engineering of vintage jackets
Updated: Apr 26
What is it about vintage clothing that makes us so attracted to it? Apart from the better textiles and the quality, it is the engineering of the clothes that make them so appealing.
"I wanted my dresses to be constructed, molded upon the curves of the feminine body, whose sweep they would stylize," Christian Dior proclaimed in his autobiography. This concept was the Paris designer's aim when, in the spring of 1947, he launched a new line of women's clothing that stunned and delighted the rest of the fashionable world. The interlining, linings, interfacings, bonings, and stiffenings Dior used all but supported his garments on their own."
With the New Look, Dior transformed the square shoulders of the war era into more feminine, soft, sloping shoulders, inspired by pre-Civil War fashions. In nearly all Dior designs, this look was achieved by the use of shoulder pads. Today, modern shoulder pads should be homemade or re-cut to achieve a sloped look.
If we look into vintage jackets and blazers by Christian Dior, we will find a balance between fit, design, comfort, and engineering; the understanding of the body to create a piece that is irresistible and fits like a dream.