Raf Si­mons

2012–2015:

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Dur­ing his time as creative di­rec­tor, Bel­gian Raf Si­mons qui­etly and ex­pertly hon­oured the Dior aes­thetic while ush­er­ing it firmly into the now (gowns with pock­ets, any­one?). Fea­tur­ing sharp tai­lor­ing and artis­tic com­bi­na­tions of colour, his mag­nif­i­cent first show, A/W 2012 Haute Cou­ture – set against floor-to-ceil­ing back­drops of blooms at a pri­vate res­i­dence in Paris (in a nod to Chris­tian Dior’s love of flow­ers) and im­mor­talised in the doc­u­men­tary Dior & I – proved a sign of things to come. Un­der his re­strained eye, clas­sic Dior shapes be­came the mod­ern gar­ments we would all have killed to wear.

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