Raf Simons Appointed Artstic Director at Dior

Mimi ON Apr 10, 2012 AT 9:55 am

Raf Simons

Ever since John Galliano’s anti-semitic outburst at a Parisian bar early last year, and the ensuing, well-publicised dismissal from fashion house, Dior, fashion-tongues have been wagging as to who his successor would be.

Speculations abounded with both Marc Jacobs and Lanvin’s Alber Elbaz being bandied about as possibilities for the coveted directorship. That was until Milan Fashion Week, when after 7 years as Creative Director, Raf Simons announced his departure from Jil Sander.

However only this week has the official announcement been made, that Raf Simons has been appointed Artistic Director of Women’s Haute Couture, Ready-to-Wear and Accessory collections at Christian Dior.

In an official Dior statement Raf Simons said,

“It is with the utmost respect for its tremendous history, its unparalleled knowledge and craftsmanship that I am joining the magnificent house of Dior. Mr Christian Dior has always been for me the most inspiring couturier. Around the globe, the name Dior symbolizes the ultimate in elegance and refinement. I am truly humbled and honored to become Artistic Director of the most celebrated French house in the world.”

With his first collection for Dior Haute Couture to be presented in Paris this July, we don’t have long to wait to see what distinctly minimalist Simons creates for the Parisian fashion house, but we do not doubt he will be the perfect fit.

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