Can Dior's new man Raf Simons live up to Galliano?

Friday June 29, 2012

The fashion world is on tenterhooks, waiting for Raf Simons to make his hotly-anticipated Dior debut.

The former Jil Sander designer will unveil his first collection for the classic French house at Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week on Monday.

Will his arrival at the French fashion house involve a major aesthetic shake-up?

After all, John Galliano’s signature was layering, theatrical presentations and referencing golden eras of yesteryear.

By contrast, Raf, a Belgian designer known for his minimalist approach, focused in his collections for Jil Sander on pared-down chic.

Dior is hoping he will help propel the iconic brand into the 21st century, but as we wait to see, click here to take a look back at the best images from the last 20 collections.

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