This week, I have been thinking a lot about Raf Simons at Dior and Jonathan Anderson in general (which is a whole other blog post I may write some time). So, in light of my musings on Raf and his work at the house of Christian Dior, I thought I would write a short blog post about it.
First of all some a very short background on Raf Simons and how he ended up at Dior. He’s a Belgian designer who launched his menswear label in 1995. In 2005 he was made creative director of the house of Jil Sander and then in early 2012, following John Galliano’s dramatic firing from the house, he was announced head of Christian Dior showing his first collection for the house at the Autumn Winter 2012 Haute Couture shows.
What I love most about what Raf has done, is that he has taken very classic archive Dior looks, often harking back to the nipped in waist and big skirt of the famous 1947 new look, however done in a very new modern way. What he has been doing more recently though, which can be seen in his Spring 2015 Haute Couture show and following Autumn Winter Ready to Wear show, is taking classic Dior ideas rather than visual references and filtering them through a Raf Simons lens which I find very creative and interesting.
For example, after his last Ready to Wear show, he spoke about being inspired by nature and savagery, however also the idea of protection from nature, ideas Mr Dior himself spoke about, the skirt of the new look being inspired by a flower.
That’s it for this week’s post. I’m not sure what to write about next week so feel free to leave any suggestions in the comment box. Also I won’t be posting on the following week (June 14th) and the week after that the Menswear shows kick off in London, followed shortly by the Haute Couture, meaning lots of new exciting fashion to write and talk about!!