There's nothing like a scandal in the high fashion world to bring out a veritable who's who of the industry. Just reading the list of potential successors of John Galliano for Dior makes one's heart all aflutter as if it were some fantasy fashion football team. LVMH's Bernard Arnault has reportedly submitted his personal picks for the role and so far they include the likes of Riccardo Tisci, Tom Ford, Hedi Slimane, Olivier Theyskens, Nicolas Ghesquière, Alber Elbaz, Haider Ackermann, Prabal Gurung, and Sarah Burton. See? Aflutter.
Tisci of Givenchy is a particularly popular choice of Delphine Arnault, Bernard's daughter and the deputy managing director of Dior, and was even said to have accepted the position last month, though that turned out to be false. WWD reported that Dior executives have even been taking unsolicited suggestions from top editors and shareholders on who should fill Galliano's shoes.
Sarah Burton, who has already succeeded the late Alexander McQueen at his label, seems at first an odd choice to fill the role; yet her chances will reportedly improve significantly if she is the one to dress Kate Middleton for her nuptials next week due to Bernard Arnault's fascination with the young royal couple. Says WWD, " Bernard Arnault is transfixed by royalty, and would be keen to launch Dior alongside the next-generation couple, just as Princess Diana helped catapult the image of the brand in 1995 when she toted a Lady Dior bag and, a year later, donned a midnight-blue, bias-cut Dior gown by Galliano to attend the Costume Institute gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art."
But at the end of the day the hiring committee says they care more about finding “someone who understands Dior and fits the needs of the company,” than a high-powered, spotlit name. So we shall see who fits the bill, but until then, enjoy this mashup collage of all the fabulous contenders, courtesy of New York Magazine.
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