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2012 April 9

Raf Simons Replaces John Galliano at Dior

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(NEW YORK) Chalk one up for Raf Simons. Christian Dior tapped the Belgian designer as its new artistic director of haute couture for women’s ready-to-wear and accessories, filling a post that's been empty since John Galliano's dramatic departure in March 2011. Simons, who left his post as creative director of Jil Sander in February, will debut his first Dior collection in July during Paris Couture Week and will continue to maintain his namesake menswear line.

“It is with the utmost respect for its tremendous history, its unparalleled knowledge and craftsmanship that I am joining the magnificent house of Dior. Mr. Christian Dior has always been for me the most inspiring couturier," said Simons in a company statement. "Around the globe, the name Dior symbolizes the ultimate in elegance and refinement. I am truly humbled and honored to become Artistic Director of the most celebrated French house in the world.”

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