After months of dithering over the succession of John Galliano at Dior, the mythic maison finally took a decision: the Belgian designer Raf Simons will take the lead on this highly important mission.
A priori, the spirits of Raf Simons & Dior could seem quite distant.
Dior, since its inception in 1947, has embodied values of hyper-feminity and luxury, while Raf Simons is known for his minimalist and architectural elegance. Nevertheless, analyzing Simons latest designs, especially his three latest collections, we can observe a smooth and controlled shift towards more feminine and couture designs. "My aim is a very modern Dior, but at the end of the day, I also look back," Raf Simons told the New York Times. He said: "I find that period between 1947 and 1957 extremely attractive, and there was a lot of modernity."
Extrapolating on this idea, we have browsed Dior archives from 1947 to 1957 in search for designs that could fit Raf Simons sensitivity and we also browsed Jil Sander's latest collections by Raf Simons in search for ultra-feminine silhouettes that could give us a hint of Dior's future.
Raf Simons for Jil Sander AW2012.13