Tom Ford, Riccardo Tisci, Alber Elbaz (right), Olivier Theyskens, Nicholas Ghesquière, Sarah Burton, Hedi Slimane, Haider Ackermann and Prabal Gurung are all reportedly in the running to work at Christian Dior
The luxury fashion house has been without a head designer since March, when John Galliano was sacked after allegedly making anti-Semitic remarks during an argument in Paris.
Since then there has been intense speculation about who will replace him at Dior, although a decision is not expected for several months.
According to Women’s Wear Daily, a long list of suitable candidates has now been compiled by advisors at the brand.
Among them are Tisci (pictured left), who currently designs for Givenchy, and Ford, who is a renowned figure in the fashion industry.
Burton (pictured below right) took over from late designer Alexander ‘Lee’ McQueen at his eponymous label after he committed suicide last year, and is also said to be in the running.
Elbaz is the designer at Lanvin, and although he is being considered it seems unlikely he will make the move as he’s been vocal about how much he loves his current job.
Ghesquière is the creative director of Balenciaga, while Theyskens (pictured below left) previously worked for Nina Ricci and now creates clothes for Theory.
Slimane seems a possible contender, as he’s previously worked for Dior. He designed menswear for the brand and Dior’s parent company luxury goods conglomerate LVMH was so desperate to keep him when he announced he was leaving in 2007 they paid for his own signature line to be created.
Ackermann has his own line and is well known for his edgy creations, and Gurung also designs for himself.
Bernard Arnault is CEO of LVMH and the chairman of Dior, and will have a say in Galliano’s replacement. Sidney Toledano, who is CEO of Dior, and Delphine Arnault – Bernard’s daughter and deputy managing director of Dior – will also get a say.
Delphine is reportedly keen to give Tisci a shot, while her father is currently reserving judgement.
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