Dior has confirmed Kim Jones as artistic director of Dior Homme. He will succeed Kris Van Assche, who announced that he is stepping down after 11 years at the brand this morning, and is expected to take up a new assignment within the LVMH Group.
Jones, who exited Louis Vuitton two months ago, will present his first collection for Dior Homme in June as its new creative head of ready-to-wear and accessory collections. His appointment marks the first major business decision of Pietro Beccari, who became chairman and chief executive officer at Christian Dior Couture six weeks ago after stints at Fendi and Louis Vuitton, where he worked with Jones.
“I am delighted to welcome Kim Jones, with whom I had the chance to collaborate previously at Louis Vuitton,” Beccari told WWD. “I admire his creative vision, which combines both his own inspirations of contemporary culture and his own reinterpretation of specific codes and heritage of a house. I am confident in his ability to recreate his universe within the Maison Dior and imagine for Dior Homme an elegant and resolutely modern wardrobe.”
Jones shot to fame within the industry after John Galliano snapped up his graduate Central Saint Martins collection in 2003. After pursuing his own eponymous streetwear label for eight seasons, he took the creative helm at Dunhill between 2008 – 2011. His CV also includes stints at Alexander McQueen, Mulberry, Hugo Boss, and Umbro, and is indicative of his expertise at straddling the luxury and streetwear spheres