Focus on: Designers – Raf Simons


Raf Simons was born in a little town in Belgium in 1968. In 1991, he graduated in Industrial Design and Furniture Design and starts to work as an interior designer. He went to Paris Fashion Week and attended his first show, Martin Margiela menswear. That experience really encouraged him to work into fashion and he created his own Raf Simons label in 1995. Since 2008, he created numerous collections in collaboration with famous brands such as Fred Perry (2008), Asics (2009), Adidas (2013)… Raf Simons began to design womenswear in june 2005, when he was nominated as Creative Director of the italian house Jil Sander. That was the begining of what I would call Simons’ minimalistic vision of the woman. In April 2012, he was nominated as the new Artistic Director for Christian Dior including Haute Couture, Ready-to-Wear and Accessories, replacing Bill Gaytten.

His Style:

Concerning the womenswear, Raf Simons’ style is not at all commune… it’s very pure and sober, a bit austere in the way that the looks are very architectural but feminine. A lot of designers say that fashion is like architecture and we feel it in his creations. He didn’t change anything in his way of work and in his vision of fashion for Dior, I think he adapted pretty well to the symbols and History of the Dior house, inspiring a lot from the archives. It is true that under his fingers, the  Dior style is not very recognizable but when we observe the details and the  shapes, we really feel Mr Dior’s spirit. And then, he adds his own little touch to the collections by modernising the Dior woman. He takes new fabrics, futuristic looks… And he is always trying to get inventive in his creations like creating new kind of dresses (the mini dress, the zip dress) and a lot of asymmetry.

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