Kris Van Assche is stepping down from his position as artistic director at Dior Homme, after 11 years in the role, and will be replaced by former Louis Vuitton artistic director, Kim Jones.
Van Assche, who started his career at Yves Saint Laurent, is leaving to pursue new challenges.
Chairman and CEO of Christian Dior Couture Pietro Beccari said: “I thank Kris Van Assche for contributing to the amazing growth of Dior Homme by creating an elegant and contemporary silhouette for men. He wrote an important chapter in the history of Dior Homme and played a key role in its development.”
Jones, a graduate designer from Central Saint Martins, will present his first collection for Dior Homme next June, during Paris men’s fashion week.
Jones said: “I am deeply honored to join the house of Dior, a symbol of the ultimate elegance. I would like to warmly thank Bernard Arnault and Pietro Beccari for their trust in giving me this incredible opportunity. I am committed to create a modern and innovative male silhouette built upon the unique legacy of the House.”
Beccari said: “[Jones] will benefit from the support of the teams and from the ‘savoir-faire’ of the ateliers to create an elegant men’s wardrobe both classic and anchored in contemporary culture. I am confident that he will continue to further develop Dior Homme on a global scale.”
Jones joined British menswear brand Alfred Dunhill as creative director and moved to Louis Vuitton in 2011.