For a year now Dior has been without a firm hand behind its helm. Yes Bill Gaytten has done an impeccable job for a technician, but he was no Galliano.
Yesterday afternoon it was announced that Raf Simons (previously of Jil Sander) would become the new Artistic Director of Christian Dior. After an outstanding job at Sander, we were all very sad to see him leave, but Simons for Dior, well that is one thing many of us dream about, the clean cut hemlines, the sharp tailoring it’s a match made in heaven and a decision that the LVMH company should be thrilled about.
Below is the press release straight from Christian Dior announcing Simons as their new Artistic Director.
Christian Dior announces the nomination of Raf Simons as Artistic Director of women’s Haute Couture, Ready to-Wear and Accessory collections
Paris, April 9 2012 – Christian Dior announces today the nomination of Raf Simons as Artistic Director of women’s Haute Couture, Ready-to-Wear and Accessory collections.
It is with tremendous excitement that the House of Dior is welcoming Raf Simons, one of today‘s greatest talents. Monsieur Dior’s first collection radically changed the codes of elegance all over the world. Following the legacy of its founder, Raf Simons’ journey with the house of Dior will propel its iconic style into the 21st Century.
“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.” said Raf Simons.
The first Christian Dior Haute Couture collection created by Raf Simons will be presented in Paris in July 2012.
Below I have chosen to show you designs from Raf Simons’ last collection for Jil Sander. The sheer beauty and elegance of this collection only confirms that this choice of Simons was exemplary. We look forward to July.