Kris Van Assche Steps Down from Dior Homme | Kim Jones to Succeed
Kris Van Assche steps down as Artistic Director of Dior Homme, and is succeeded by former Louis Vuitton Artistic Director Kim Jones
Dior Homme is the latest label to announce a change in director. The LVMH label announced today that Kris Van Assche is stepping down from his role as Artistic Director of Dior Homme and will be succeeded by Kim Jones. The appointment comes six weeks after Pietro Beccari was named Chairman and CEO of Christian Dior Couture.
The Belgian designer and graduate of the illustrious Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp departs Dior Homme after serving 11 years as Artistic Director. He took over the label from Hedi Slimane, whom he worked under at Dior Homme and Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche Homme in the years prior.
During Van Assche’s tenure, Dior Homme boasted a youthful, slim silhouette and sportier look while retaining the House’s sharp tailoring that hearkened to the days of Christian Dior himself. The aesthetic of Van Assche’s namesake label slowly blended with Dior Homme, but they later became one after the designer halted his own label in 2015.
Van Assche will reportedly stay at LVMH and will join another label, while Kim Jones will begin his new stint as Dior Homme Artistic Director on April 1. He will show his first collection for the label this June.
“I am deeply honored to join the house of Dior, a symbol of the ultimate elegance. I would like to warmly thank Bernard Arnault and [Christian Dior Couture Chairman and CEO] Pietro Beccari for their trust in giving me this incredible opportunity,” said Jones. “I am committed to create a modern and innovative male silhouette built upon the unique legacy of the house.”
The Central Saint Martins graduate recently departed from Louis Vuitton, where he served as Artistic Director. Prior to Louis Vuitton, he worked at Alexander McQueen, Mulberry, Hugo Boss and Dunhill from 2008 to 2011.
So far this year has seen Hedi Slimane join Céline, Riccardo Tisci join Burberry, Jonathan Saunders leave DVF and Jason Wu depart Hugo Boss among other bold moves.