What were the reasons for this move?
“It is after careful and long consideration that I have decided to leave my position as creative director of Christian Dior’s women’s collection,” he said in the announcement. “It is a decision based entirely and equally on my desire to focus on other interests in my life, including my own brand, and the passions that drive me outside my work. Christian Dior is an extraordinary company, and it has been an immense privilege to write a few pages of this magnificent book. I want to thank Mr. Bernard Arnault for the trust he has put in me, giving me the incredible opportunity to work at this beautiful house surrounded by the most amazing team one could ever dream of. I have also had the chance over the last few years to benefit from the leadership of Sidney Toledano. His thoughtful, heartfelt, and inspired management will also remain as one of the most important experiences of my professional career.”
Before his time at Dior Raf Simons spent 7 years at Jil Sander. What made him change last time?
“The reason I came to Dior was because it was the biggest possible challenge,” Simons said in a recent interview with Dazeddigital.com. “I wanted to see how my world could connect to that house, and the women that surround it. For me, it’s a big challenge to go from Jil Sander, a brand seen as being intellectual or conceptual. But there was something liberating about the idea that you could focus on women and beauty.”
The spring/summer 2016 collection, presented at Paris Fashion Week, was Simons’ last work for Dior. His successor has not yet been revealed.