Dior’s Creative Director, Raf Simons has announced the he will be leaving Dior after serving 3 and a half years under the Parisian label. Simons’ departure still comes as a shock, despite the designer citing personal reasons for the end of his tenure.
Simons has redefined the Dior aesthetic, transforming the label’s artistic vision with futuristic influences alongside his penchant for minimalism with his prior menswear experience at Jil Sander. Though his appointment was questioned, Simons has superseded expectations with his modern approach to Dior’s grand image. He was even responsible for one of Dior’s most iconic modern campaigns starring Rihanna.
“It is after careful and long consideration that I have decided to leave my position as creative director of Christian Dior Couture Women’s collection. 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 of my work,” said Simons about the end of his tenure. “Christian Dior is an extraordinary company, and it has been an immense privilege to be allowed to write a few pages of this magnificent book.”
Simons’ last collection for Dior was the label’s SS16 show during Paris Fashion Week earlier this month.