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French fashion house Dior made the headlines when Raf Simons announced he was leaving his role as Creative Director in October this year. Since then his role has remained vacant, but with January’s Haute Couture Week fast approaching, it was only a matter of time before the luxury fashion house had to reveal what decision they have come to.   
Yesterday WWD revealed that, instead of appointing a new creative director, Dior’s in-house design team will be responsible for creating the next two collections. Based on this announcement, the Spring 2016 Couture collection, as well as the Autumn/Winter 2016 collection (shown during Paris Fashion Week), will both be designed by the in-house design team.
The documentary Dior and I, which focused on Raf Simons, gave an insight into the workings of the team under his direction. This team will now be responsible for creating collections without the guidance of a creative director.
Recruiting a a new Creative Director certainly isn’t an easy task, but Dior isn’t the only luxury fashion house to have had undergone such a big upheaval this year. When Frida Giannini left Gucci, she was swiftly replaced by Alessandro Michele, who had previously been Head of Accessories at the label. More recently, Alexander Wang and Balenciaga announced they were parting ways and Vetements’ Demna Gvasalia was recruited to fill Wang’s place.
In Dior’s case, one thing is certain: having the in-house studio design and create collections for the house is only a temporary measure. It therefore still remains to be seen where Dior will find a Creative Director to step into Simons’ shoes: will they hire someone from within the company, like Gucci did with Michele, or will they recruit an external candidate?