It seems that in the past few months, the fashion world has been playing roulette with designers leaving houses they built (Donna Karan), and leaving houses they barely imprinted on (Alexander Wang leaving Balenciaga).
This morning WWD reported that current creative director at Christian Dior, Raf Simons is leaving his position at the French fashion house. Simons released a statement:
“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. 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.”
So far, there is no word on who will be Simons’ successor at the house but, there seems to be no bad blood in this parting. Bernard Arnault, chairperson and chief executive officer of LVMH, Moët, Hennessy, Louis Vuitton, and Christian Dior SA, and Toledano, CEO of Christian Dior Couture, said they;
“acknowledge Raf Simons’ decision and very warmly thank him for his exceptional contribution to the house.”
There is no word on who will be Simons successor at Christian Dior, or if Simons is considering designing for another house. History suggests that Dior may look to the creative director of Givenchy, Ricardo Tisci to head the house. The former creative director of Dior, John Galliano was recruited from Givenchy to Dior in 1996 and was ousted in 2011.
Watch the Best of Simons’ final Dior women’s wear collection for S/S 2016 below via Christian Dior.