Little is said about the fashion designers from Belgium,
a country with a great tradition in design but still poorly known for its fashion.
Minimal and concerned about the form, the Belgians have a lot to teach to the world, and Raf Simons, the new man in Dior, is a great example!
Born in 1968 in Neerpelt, Belgium.
Simons is graduated in Industrial and furniture design.
In 1991 he started working as a furniture design for galleries and private interiors.
Encouraged by Linda Loop, head of the fashion department of the Antwerp Royal Academy, he ha a radical change of profession.In January 1995, Raf Simons launched his first menswear collection at the Danielli Ghiselli showroom in Milan.
He relocated to Paris after only one season in Italy, where he presented his next three collections in private art galleries or photo studios. He quickly became known for his unconventional approach to showing his work, as well as for his use of non-professional models that he encounters in the streets of Antwerp. His first real “fashion show” for his Fall/Winter 1997-’98 collection was held in Paris in January 1997.
In the summer of 2005, Raf Simons was named the new creative director of the Jil Sander label, which was owned by the Prada Group at the time. The following year, the brand was sold to a private equity group in London.
His first collection for the label was launched for the Fall/Winter 2006 season.
Thanks to the Belgian designer’s unique, modernist vision, the newly revamped Jil Sander mark quickly became a favorite among top-industry buyers and fashion magazine editors.
Raf by Raf Simons, a menswear line, was also initiated for 2006’s Fall/Winter season.
Like his Jil Sander designs, his debut collection for that label was hailed as one the best of the season.
In 2008, he launched a small collection of knitwear and polo shirts that were done in collaboration with Fred Perry. He was also nominated for AM’s Top 49 Men of 2008
Now, Raf Simon is the name leading Dior, after the Galliano scandal.
For the next seasons we hope some good changes in the collections of Dior , conserving its classical style, of course.
“I don’t want to show clothes, I want to show my attitude, my past, present and future. I use memories and future visions and try to place them in today’s world”