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John Galliano no longer relevant says Dior's creative director

Published 15/11/2012 | 09:49

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The Belgian designer, here with actress Leelee Sobieski, says that Dior's former creative director is no longer relevant

Raf Simons, the creative director of Dior, has spoken of his shamed predecessor John Galliano for the first time, saying he believes his work is no longer "relevant" as it restricts women.

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Since taking the helm at Dior earlier this year, Raf Simons has kept schtum when it comes to discussing his disgraced predecessor, John Galliano - until now, that is.

Speaking in the latest issue of Vogue Australia, the Belgian designer has revealed that he no longer sees Galliano's work at the iconic design house as "relevant".

"I have so much respect for John [Galliano]'s technical skill and the fantasy, it's just something that I don't find relevant now, especially when it restricts a woman, because in every other area they have so much freedom," he said.

Whilst Simons is known, and indeed loved, for his minimalist approach when it comes to cut and colour, Galliano is famed for his elaborate, extroverted creations, many of which made for exciting catwalk shows but often did not translate in terms of wearability.

Simons' first two collections for the famed French fashion house - couture autumn/winter 2012 and spring/summer 2013 - both received critical acclaim, and he's been praised for his ability to fuse Dior's traditional ideals with contemporary styling, bringing the house up to date without losing any of its unique charm or history.

He also discussed his departure from Jil Sander, the label he headed up before leaving to take up the coveted position at Dior.

"I felt more like a psychiatrist than a designer in the end, just to keep my team's spirits up," he said, before also revealing that he was in fact in discussions with Dior's CEO Bernard Arnault for "months" before the announcement of his appointment was made public.

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