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Raf Simons to head up Dior

Former Jil Sander creative director Raf Simons has been named artistic director of Dior.

He will fill the role that was left vacant by John Galliano who left the company last February after making anti-Semitic remarks.

Simons will take the role immediately and will present his first collection for the couture label in July.

He left Jil Sander in February after almost seven years, with his autumn 12 collection his last for the label. Designer Jil Sander returned to her eponymous brand in the wake of Simons’ departure.

Simons said: “The name Dior symbolises the ultimate in elegance and refinement. I am truly humbled and honoured to become artistic director of the most celebrated French house in the world.”

The creative director role at Dior has been left vacant for 14 months after Galliano left the label. Last September Galliano was found guilty of anti-Semitic behaviour and handed a €4,000 (£3,507) suspended fine plus a further € 2,000 (£1,753) fine in a second complaint.

The former Christian Dior design director was fired from the position in disgrace over the allegations. In the weeks following the incident in February, Galliano was also dropped from his own fashion brand, John Galliano, which is 92% owned by Dior, and came under fire from high profile fashion leaders like Chanel designer Karl Lagerfeld.

Readers' comments (2)

  • This is a very interesting move by Dior and will be interesting to see what Raf does with the label. Could Galliano and he be any more different!?

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  • this is a great move ,
    I have been following Raf Simons successful carrier for very many years, I feel this is an opportunity
    for Raf Simons and for the fashion world that could benefit from this change as among the recognition of his
    most amazing talent he seam to have a very modest and stable personality .wishing Dior team and Mr Simons Good Luck !

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