The former Jil Sander designer, now Diors artistic director, will present his first collection for the French fashion house at Paris couture week in July.
It is with the utmost respect for its tremendous history, its unparalleled knowledge and craftsmanship that I am joining the magnificent house of Dior, Simons said in a statement reported by WWD.
Originally a menswear designer, Simons moved into the womenswear arena when he joined Jil Sander in 2005. His recent collections for the house drew acclaim for their clarity and vision. Many observers received Simons ultimate Sander show as a runway-length audition for a more rarefied post in Paris couture echelons.
Dior called Simons one of todays greatest talents, and said he would propel [Diors] iconic style into the 21st century.
Simons is only Diors sixth couturier. Designers to follow in the founders footsteps have included Yves Saint Laurent, Marc Bohan, Gianfranco Ferré and John Galliano.
The appointment arrives more than a year after Dior released Galliano following his anti-Semitic rant in a Paris cafe. Galliano has since been found guilty on racism charges in a Paris court and undergone treatment for addiction, but has yet to return to the fashion industry.
See Simons most Dior-like designs for Jil Sander in the gallery above... What do you make of the appointment?More