Marc Jacobs' Louis Vuitton Spring Designs Draw Parallels to Famed Christian Dior 'Bar Jacket'

The designer has long been rumored to be taking over John Galliano’s former post at Dior.

Fashionistas have been buzzing for over a month that Marc Jacobs – who designs his own eponymous collection and also the Louis Vuitton collection in Paris – will be hired by LV’s owners LVMH to take over the design reigns at Christian Dior.

Of course, that job was vacated a while back when John Galliano had his slip of the tongue at Le Perle bar in Paris, and had to step down.

There has been no statement made by LVMH about Jacobs, who’s apparently been a tough negotiator for months, and who is asking for upwards of ten million dollars a year for his new gig, as is his business partner Robert Duffy, who would go with him. Of course, it does require two couture collections a year, so Jacobs would take a sudden stab at eveningwear. There was no statement even after the Louis Vuitton spring 2012 show in Paris this week.
But one thing was clear: some of the new Louis Vuitton spring jackets – in pastels and brights – have nipped weights, small shoulders, and peplums over the hips – look like they were borrowed from the Dior archives.

This is the famed style of the 1947 “New Look” Bar jacket, that Christian Dior himself originated. The Bar jacket was so iconic – and Dior still turns them out – that in 1949, Vogue published a 750 calorie a day regime called “Diet X,” which would allow women waists small enough to wear the Dior jacket comfortably. But in fact, the original Bar jackets had underpinnings in them – they didn’t have Spanx back then!

It sure looks like Jacobs is already getting into the Dior “mode.”

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