Raf Simons is the New Artistic Director at Christian Dior
After a long arduous battle and embarrassing public ousting, Christian Dior has finally named it’s new Designer; Raf Simons. More than a year ago John Galliano was fired from the french fashion house as the fifth designer to replace Mr. Dior himself. His anti-semitic rant was caught on tape and he was found guilty of making the offending comments. After losing his job as the head designer of Christian Dior, he also lost his namesake label and was replaced by Bill Gaytten for a little over a year. Though Gaytten will continue designing for the John Galliano label for the time being, he will also continue to work at Dior under Raf Simons.
Raf Simons was announced officially yesterday as the new Artistic Director. His experience in the fashion industry is extensive and his talent extraordinary especially his penchant for respecting the past while looking within to spice up the line. His time at Jil Sander was reflected as a golden era for the Jil Sander brand and super charged Jil Sander herself to return to the line and pick up where Raf Simons left off. Though critics are concerned that Jil Sander lacks the necessary flare for the role of head designer at Dior, his ability to take what is in the archives and infuse it with his own sense of self will be put to the test and viewed by all this upcoming July during haute couture fashion week in Paris. Also Jil Sanders first haute couture collection.
Simons said in a press conference:
“It is with the utmost respect for its tremendous history, its unparalleled knowledge and craftsmanship that I am joining the magnificent house of Dior.” He went on to say, “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.” These statements make it appear that Raf has his heart in the right place and when asked about his first collection and what inspired him most about the Dior line this is what he said:
“My aim is a very modern Dior, but at the end of the day, I also look back.” He continued on in more depth about the specifics of what inspired him about the house, “I find that period between 1947 and 1957 extremely attractive, and there was a lot of modernity,” he said. “There was the romantic appeal looking back to his mother and the belle époque, but there was also a constant evolution in shape, changing proportions and the ideas connected to the World War were revolutionary.”
After a long tough road it appears that LVMH and the house of Dior are finally coming out of a very dark time and into an era of fabulous fashion and visionary development.