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Confirmed: Raf Simons Is Replacing John Galliano at Dior!

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At last, the neverending Dior guessing game has come to a close. This Wednesday, Dior will officially announce that Raf Simons is taking over as artistic director, according to New York Times fashion critic Cathy Horyn. The fall couture collection (to show this July) will be Simons' first for the French fashion house.

Simons is, of course, replacing John Galliano—who was fired from his position at Dior last year after his career-destroying anti-Semitic public rant. Ever since Galliano was dismissed, Dior has been struggling to land the perfect designer to fill his incredibly creative shoes—and it's been a lengthy search. Lanvin's Alber Elbaz, Givenchy's Riccardo Tisci and Marc Jacobs were all considered strong contenders for the job, but in the end, Raf Simons' romantic aesthetic and knowledge of couture craftsmanship made him the right choice.

The timing for the hire couldn't be more perfect; in late February, it was announced that Simons would be exiting his job as creative director for Jil Sander, where he'd worked since July 2005. The designer's many fans assumed (or at least hoped) he was Dior-bound, though the label's team and Simons himself both refused to comment. Simons' final collection for Jil Sander was (in our opinion, at least) the highlight of the Fall 2012 shows, and we're thrilled he'll be continuing his work at one of the most prestigious global brands in the industry. Congrats, Raf!

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left, christian dior circa 1957; right, jil sander fall 2012

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