Raf Simons for Dior
Born in Neerpelt, Belgium in 1968.
Graduates in Industrial Design and Furniture Design in 1991 and starts working as a furniture designer for galleries and private interiors. Before this, Raf Simons interned at the design studio of Walter Van Beirendonck, working on the presentation and decoration of the Van Beirendonck showrooms and collections.
In a radical change of profession, hereby encouraged by Linda Loppa, head of the Fashion Department of the Antwerp Royal Academy, he becomes a self-trained menswear designer in 1995 and launches his Raf Simons label.
Designs the menswear outfits for Ruffo Research (Spring-Summer 1999 and Autumn-Winter 1999-2000).
October 2000, Raf Simons is appointed head professor of the Fashion Department of the University of Applied Arts, Vienna, Austria until June 2005.
Wins first prize Swiss Textiles Award, Lucerne, Switzerland in November 2003.
Presents ‘Raf Simons Redux’, a book by Peter De Potter and Raf Simons (published by Charta/Fondazione Pitti Discovery) coinciding with his label’s 10th anniversary. ‘Raf Simons 1995-2005’, a fashion/art event at the Giardini di Boboli in Florence, Italy (initiated and produced by the Fondazione Pitti Discovery, June 2005) equally celebrates his first decade in fashion.
Named Creative Director of Jil Sander (menswear and womenswear) from July 2005 until February 2012.
April 2011, Raf Simons is President of the Fashion jury of the Hyères 26th International Festival of Fashion and Photography.
Curates Transmission 1, a three-day multidisciplinary event in Berlin initiated and sponsored by Mercedes-Benz in July 2011.
April 2012 – nominated Artistic Director of Christian Dior for women’s Haute Couture, Ready-to-Wear and Accessory collections. Raf Simons presents his first Haute Couture collection in July 2012.
Lives and works in Antwerp, Belgium.