How Much Do You Know About Hedi Slimane And Raf Simons?

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How much do you know about Hedi Slimane and Raf Simons? These two amazing talents have been recognized to be rivals by many but their creativity till date is unmatched as they have been able to hold creative positions in significant designer labels. See what else you know about them through this interesting quiz about their memorable moments in the fashion world.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    Both Raf Simons and Hedi Slimane have the same age, with 6 months difference. Simons is a Capricorn and Slimane, Cancer. Their age is:

    • A.

      40 years old

    • B.

      42 years old

    • C.

      44 years old

    Correct Answer
    C. 44 years old
    Explanation
    Simons completed 44 in January and Slimane will complete next July.

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  • 2. 

    Raf Simons started his career as a furniture designer and worked as a curator for private art collectors. While Slimane concentrated primarily on photography after he quit his job at Dior Homme. The same direction took the German designer Helmut Lang, who after 28 years in fashion decided to pursue a career as a visual artist. Which of them said the following sentence: “I never feel I am a fashion designer. I have even found it problematic that the world defines me as a fashion designer. To me it's more like, ‘Yes, it is what I do now’, but it's far from my only interest, and I could see myself doing so many other things than fashion”.

    • A.

      Raf Simons

    • B.

      Hedi Slimane

    • C.

      Helmut Lang

    Correct Answer
    A. Raf Simons
    Explanation
    Simons said that during an interview from 2008. Recently he admitted that nowadays he feels comfortable as a fashion designer.

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  • 3. 

    Which person said the following: “I suddenly wanted to dress differently, to wear clothes designed by Hedi Slimane. But these fashions, modeled by very, very slim boys required me to lose at least 40 kg”?

    • A.

      Boy George

    • B.

      Karl Lagerfeld

    • C.

      Marc Jacobs

    Correct Answer
    B. Karl Lagerfeld
    Explanation
    Karl Lagerfeld indeed did a radical diet to loose the "required" weight. He often declared to be a fan of Slimane’s work and sometimes could be found on the front row of the Dior Homme’s shows.

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  • 4. 

    Raf Simons often says that the first fashion show he watched in his life made him decide to become a fashion designer too. The fashion show in question was of which designer?

    • A.

      Martin Margiela

    • B.

      Comme des Garçons

    • C.

      Yohji Yamamoto

    Correct Answer
    A. Martin Margiela
    Explanation
    The show was of the third collection of Martin Margiela, presented in Paris in 1991. Raf Simons once explained: “Nothing else in fashion has had such a big impact on me. It was a show where half the audience cried, including myself. I was just like, "What! This is fashion?" Only at that point did I understand what fashion could be or what it could mean to people".

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  • 5. 

    Raf Simons and Hedi Slimane met for the first time in 2000. During this encounter they had the idea to:

    • A.

      Start a new brand together

    • B.

      Do a “fashion strike” and stop designing for better working conditions

    • C.

      Go to a David Bowie concert together

    Correct Answer
    B. Do a “fashion strike” and stop designing for better working conditions
    Explanation
    It was more a joke, as Hedi Slimane explained in an interview for The Guardian in 2001: “I had dinner with him [Simons] in the middle of my troubles at Saint Laurent, and he told me about him stopping, and we said maybe we should come with banners during fashion week and do a little demonstration: Fashion on strike”.

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  • 6. 

    Both designers are fond of rock bands and both use music as an important element of their runway shows. Slimane commissioned original soundtracks for his presentations at Dior Homme to bands like Phoenix, Razorlight and The Rakes, while Simons is more diverse in his selection, using songs from bands like Placebo and even Vangelis. However there is a specific song that Raf Simons constantly uses on the soundtracks of his shows. Which one is it?

    • A.

      “Autobahn”, Kraftwerk

    • B.

      “Space Oddity”, David Bowie

    • C.

      “Tonight, Tonight”, Smashing Pumpkins

    Correct Answer
    C. “Tonight, Tonight”, Smashing Pumpkins
    Explanation
    “Tonight, Tonight” was already used three times by Simons: in his first presentation in 1997, later on during the menswear spring/summer 2011 collection and in his last presentation for Jil Sander, in February 2012. Several other songs from The Smashing Pumpkins were also part of other Simons’ soundtracks. Curiously he also declared that the first LP he ever bought was from Bob Marley.

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  • 7. 

    Both Raf Simons and Hedi Slimane have huge tasks in their new jobs and they might feel creatively challenged. But when it comes to a vision about the future of fashion, which of them said the optimistic sentence: “The future has to be bright. It is the nature of fashion to evolve, only this time it might evolve more than ever, with seat belts optional”.

    • A.

      Raf Simons

    • B.

      Hedi Slimane

    Correct Answer
    B. Hedi Slimane
    Explanation
    Hedi Slimane said it in an interview from 2010 to Style.com website. However, Raf Simons already showed in previous interviews that share the same optimistic view about the future. He once said: "I’m a romantic about the future. That’s where all the possibility is".

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