Taschen introduces us to the work of Raf Simons, through the eyes of Terry Jones. With a coffee table book dedicated to the Great Belgian of the global fashion scene. 

Poetic, elegant, and free-thinking, Raf Simons is one of the most exciting designers working in fashion today. His passion for music, art, and contemporary culture infiltrates everything he does. A former industrial designer, Simons first burst on to the scene in 1995 with the launch of his menswear label. His trademark slim tailoring and penchant for street-casting his models went on to shape an entire generation and cemented his position as one of the most revolutionary contemporary menswear designers. Simons was appointed creative director of Jil Sander in 2005. And during his six-year tenure, he repositioned the brand at the height of the luxury market, not only satisfying the German label’s loyal fanbase, but also recruiting a legion of new fans. But it was Simons’ appointment as artistic director of Dior in 2012 that caused countless frissons of excitement in the fashion industry and marked the beginning of a momentous new chapter for the Belgian designer.

Delving deep into the i-D archive, this 120 page portfolio (a little Bible, really) includes stunning imagery from photographers, including Willy Vanderperre, Sølve Sundsbø and Alasdair McLellan, together with interviews by Terry and Tricia Jones, Holly Shackleton, Jo-Ann Furniss,and James Anderson. And it is in this very stunning photographic book, that i-D celebrates Raf Simons’ own menswear label, his work for Jil Sander, and his new appointment of Dior. Simons’ first two highly anticipated collections for the Parisian house, together with an exclusive interview, are all included.

As for the notorious Mr. Terry Jones, who dared the selection, Founder and Creative Director of i-D magazine, he started his fashion career in the 1970s as art director of Vanity Fair and Vogue UK. Since 1977 his Instant Design studio has produced catalogues, campaigns, exhibitions and books.