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Where He Gets His Looks From

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Photographs: NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images (Bowie); Patrick McMullan (Simons) ; Alfredo Dagli Orti/The Art Archive/Corbis (fauna); FirstView (runway looks)

Raf Simons, the low-key 44-year-old Belgian designer just named artistic ­director of Dior, represents a big change from his predecessor, the flamboyant John Galliano. The clothes he makes look different, too. Here, the influences that have shaped and reshaped Simons’s aesthetic.

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