Raf Simons Courtesy Christian Dior

Raf Simons

Creative Director/Designer, Christian Dior/Raf Simons

The exacting, modern Belgian designer won praise for his creative touch at Jil Sander before being tapped as Dior’s creative director.

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The exacting, modern Belgian designer won praise for his creative touch at Jil Sander before being tapped as Dior’s creative director.

Raf Simons's live mosaic

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Biography

Raf Simons’ homages and updates of the Dior archives have placed the previously minimalist designer at the forefront of Parisian fashion. In April 2012, it was announced that Simons would replace Bill Gaytten as creative director at the helm of Dior, ending a period of transition after John Galliano's dismissal from the role.

During his time at the house, Simons has debuted modern couture and demi-couture ready-to-wear collections, featuring contemporary art and new-age materials, creating a novel, beautiful and fresh take on Dior’s archive of classic silhouettes. His work for Christian Dior has received industry wide praise, building on his established reputation from his work at his own label and Jil Sander.

Simons told American Vogue he wanted “to bring some emotion back, to what I felt in the nineties, because I see a lot of amazing clothes, but I don’t see a lot of emotion now,” the designer continues to receive rave reviews as he does.

In June 2005 Simons was appointed creative director for the Jil Sander label by the Prada Group. During his tenure at Jil Sander, Simons moved the brand's aesthetic from a somewhat austere minimalism, adding feminine accents and more fluid silhouettes. Whilst at the brand, the diffusion line Jil Sander Navy was launched under his creative direction.

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