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Belgian Raf Simons to be new head designer at Dior
Apr '12
Raf Simons, the 44-year-old Belgian designer who worked at Jil Sander for seven years, will take over as the head of design at Dior, the French retailer of high-fashion apparel and accessories.

Simons, who will be titled artistic director of haute couture, women's ready-to-wear and accessories collections, will showcase his first creations for Dior at the Paris Couture Week in July.

Dior's head designer John Galliano was ousted from his position last year, after he made anti-Semitic comments, and since then a haunt was on to find a replacement.

The creations by Bill Gaytten, who temporarily filled the position, were not well-received by fashion critics.

On his new job, Simons said it is one of the ultimate challenges to work at a place like Dior, known for luxury, femininity and elegance.

Simons, who will be the sixth couturier for Dior, also heads his own eponymous ready-to-wear label.

Fibre2fashion News Desk - India

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