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Dior Homme AW16 campaign
Dior Homme AW16 campaignPhotography Willy Vanderperre

Kim Jones to replace Kris Van Assche at Dior Homme

Just two months after leaving Louis Vuitton, the British designer will replace the current artistic director of eleven years

After eleven years leading Dior Homme, Belgian designer Kris Van Assche is leaving the house.

“It is with great emotion that I thank my team, my studio and the ateliers,” the designer said in a statement released today. “Their support and their unique talent and ‘savoir-faire’ have made all my creations possible.ˮ

During his tenure, Van Assche was known for his sleek tailored silhouettes, mixed with nodes to various youth subcultures. At his last show, themed ‘forever young’, Van Assche continued to throwback to the 90s, in a collection that featured tribal prints worn by a handful of older models as well as the usual young faces.

In line with his interest in music – particularly from the 80s – his campaigns over the years have starred musical talents like Boy George, The Pet Shop Boys, and Depeche Mode’s Dave Gahan. Newer names like A$AP Rocky and The xx’s Oliver Sim also featured alongside actors like Robert Pattinson, Rami Malek, and Lucas Hedges. Director Larry Clark was both campaign star and collaborator, filming a group of young skaters in Dior Homme back in 2016.

It’s not yet known where he’s headed, but Dior has reported that Van Assche’s next move will be announced shortly, and that he will continue to work within the LVMH group.

WWD has now reported that Kim Jones – who recently left Louis Vuitton after seven years – will take over Van Assche in the role. “I am deeply honoured to join the house of Dior, a symbol of the ultimate elegance,” Jones said. “I am committed to create a modern and innovative male silhouette built upon the unique legacy of the house.” Jones will present his first collection for the house at the SS19 shows in June. 

Watch Van Assche’s final collection for Dior Homme below: