Ackermann, Tisci, Slimane Are Dior Frontrunners

There’s been a lot of speculation as to who will replace designer John Galliano, who will lose his job as Dior‘s creative director and lead couturier after allegations of publicly spouting anti-Semitic insults. Insiders claim that while the company is in no rush to replace him in an official capacity, they have made offers to rising stars Haider Ackermann, Riccardo Tisci of Givenchy and Hedi Slimane.

WWD reported this morning that the legal hurdle of formally terminating Galliano’s employment with Christian Dior SA could take weeks to get through. But that doesn’t mean they haven’t started shopping the job around. Pitching it to Tisci makes sense — the rising star is already an accomplished couturier, and that’s exactly what the house of Dior is looking for. He also already works for LVMH, the French luxury conglomerate that owns Dior, in his role at Givenchy, which would make the hiring paperwork at lot easier to get through.

Slimane, on the other hand, already has a history with Dior. He worked for Galliano as the director of Dior Homme for a few years before leaving fashion to become a photographer. It’s been expressed of late that Slimane wants to get back to designing, and wants to design women’s clothing.

Ackermann is said to be up for two jobs — either he’ll replace Galliano at Dior or he’ll take on Tisci’s job at Givenchy if Tisci moves on to Dior.

It’s a sad moment for one designer and an exciting one for these three and several others. While Ackermann, Slimane and Tisci might be insider favorites, people in and out of fashion are keeping their fingers crossed for other designers, including Yves Saint Laurent‘s Stefano Pilati and Lanvin‘s Alber Elbaz. But because Galliano’s severance could take weeks to be official, we’re just going to have to wait and see who gets the job.

Dior, Galliano Shows to Go On [WWD]

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