(left) Dress, 1960. House of Dior, designer: Yves Saint Laurent. V&A accession: T.127 to B-1974. (right) Haute Couture Fall 2012, House of Dior, designer: Raf Simons. Image source: style.com
I’ve put together this special Then & Now as a tribute to Raf Simons, who is, in my opinion, one of the most important living designers. His debut collection stays true to the legacy of the House of Dior but offers an impressive personal interpretation. Although the cuts, silhouettes, prints, and fabric treatments heavily relay on the house’s archive, they seem refreshing and new- this is where is strength and talent truly shine.