It may have already gathered dust and cobwebs after being vacant for more than a year, but what was once the throne of John Galliano has been officially filled. Christian Dior has confirmed the appointment of Belgian designer Raf Simons as the French fashion house’s artistic director of haute couture, women’s ready-to-wear and accessories collections.
Although Dior has never been the same since Galliano was ousted for his racist and anti-Semitic breakdown 15 months ago, the fashion industry is more than eager to embrace the end to this tedious search. Bill Gaytten, Galliano’s assistant, may have temporarily taken over the reins at the luxury fashion house after Galliano’s departure, but his efforts still left a gaping hole that he couldn’t fill.
With Simons’ arrival, it seems as if Dior is directing its sail as far away as possible from what Galliano brought to the fashion industry. From Galliano’s high-octane glamour to Simons’ modern and futuristic silhouettes, we could be witnessing the dawn of a new Christian Dior. Known for immortalizing the beauty of minimalism into women’s fashion, to say that the entire industry is overcome by excitement is a gross understatement. Like the rest of the world, we’re waiting to see how the Belgian designer will embody and celebrate the Dior house.
With Simons’ first Dior collection unveiling at the Paris Couture Week in July, we need only wait a couple more months to witness how he will reimagine the Dior we once knew.