This is, I think, my favourite of all the Dior special edition palettes. I’d completely forgotten that it came with a lip colour too and only re-discovered this morning when I opened it up to take pictures.
Another colour-way in this design was released in 2012. This one, the original, features a heathery grey shade as the background with black and grey shades for the detailing. The picture is a replication of fashion illustrator, Rene Gruau’s drawing of the famous 1947 Bar suit with its signature nipped in waist. Although Rene Gruau is most known for his Dior illustrations, he also worked with Balmain, Balenciaga and Givenchy. In the 1950’s, he also illustrated for Elizabeth Arden.
The lip colour is Rouge Dior Serum de Rouge in Pearly Pink.
The leaflet inside gives the colour names – skin is Blissful Pink, the hat brim is Storm Blue, the jacket is Whisper Grey, the gloves are Anthracite Black and the background is Dawn Grey. You could whip up a lovely smokey grey eye with this and finish with a light pink lip. At the time, in the US, this was a Neiman Marcus exclusive and was $90. I can’t find this particular palette on resale sites although the 2012 iteration is $149. If you wanted a real Bar jacket from Dior, today’s price is £3000! There used to be, floating about on YouTube, a video of the palette being hand filled, but it’s no longer available which is such a shame – I’d love to see it again.
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Oh wow I’d have loved to see it being filled Jane, it must have been painstaking work to get such a gorgeous outcome x
It was – I wish they’d show it again!
*Wow* is all I can say. Come on Dior, isn’t it about time for another Rene Gruau super special edition or collection? His work with Dior was just stunning.
I wish another would appear!
As a rule, I try not to buy things I would be terrified to use. I don’t want to start collecting makeup lol. However, I regret not buying this to collect. Still love dior but they haven’t put much out like this lately.
No, they haven’t – it’s probably a thing of the past now.