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It’s been a staggering six months since Dior fired John Galliano, the couturier almost everyone in fashion has lamented as a tortured genius since a drunken, racist outburst cost him the job every designer dreams of. But the people in charge at the storied French fashion house say we’ll know his replacement very soon.
Vogue Italia editor-in-chief Franca Sozzani is certainly no stranger to controversy, which she caused during New York Fashion Week by telling a Newsweek reporter that that Dior should do the unthinkable and “hire Galliano back.” But now that that comment has blown up into a big news story, she says she was misinterpreted.
Replacing John Galliano will be no easy feat, but the people on the hunt for the next Dior couturier aren’t in any big hurry to find someone to fill the beleaguered designer’s awfully large shoes. But there could be something working in favor of one of the names that’s been thrown in the ring: Alexander McQueen‘s Sarah Burton.
Dior’s autumn/winter collection walked today in Paris despite the very public firing of its embattled designer John Galliano. While the clothes were beautiful and wearable (if somewhat inexplicably spring-like), most reviews and coverage of the collection called it “sad,” “somber,” and “funereal.” CEO Sidney Toledano’s pre-show speech probably didn’t help things.
Well, that was fast. Christian Dior has officially suspended John Galliano‘s professional role at the company in light of Thursday’s arrest and allegations of assault and anti-Semitic remarks.