FIT Students Differ on Who Should Replace Galliano

Ricardo Tisci, Phoebe Philo, and Alber Elbaz after the Fall 2011 shows. Via Style.com

Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) students have strong opinions on who should replace John Galliano as creative director of the Christian Dior label.

Many designers have been named as possible candidates for the job.  According to The Guardian, Ricardo Tisci at Givenchy, Phoebe Philo at Celine, and Marc Jacobs at Louis Vuitton are in the running.  Women’s Wear Daily said Haider Ackermann is another possible candidate and that British betting site PaddyPower.com had Alber Elbaz at Lanvin, and Stefano Pilati at YSL on the list.  Many of these designers, namely Tisci, Philo, and Jacobs, already design for brands of Dior’s parent company LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton. Regardless of what the critics say, students at  FIT prefer some designers over others.

Venus Wong, 18, an Adevertising and Marketing Communications major from China is rooting for one of the front-runners, Elber Albaz.  She also thinks Sarah Burton of Alexander McQueen might be tapped for the job.  “Since the royal wedding she has shown that she’s capable of doing classic and elegant which is what Dior is all about. It’s a good thing they’re putting so much consideration into this,” she said.

Other students want to see a different designer at the head.  “Zac Posen.  He knows how to put the drama in there, that would be completely different work,” said Haley Anna Perry, 18, an Advertising Marketing Communications major from Georgia.

Some students feel Marc Jacobs should leave Louis Vuitton to for Dior.

“I mean put Marc Jacobs at the head.  I mean why not?” said Krista Bora, 18, an Advertising Marketing Communications major from Vermont.  “When he took over Louis Vuitton he modernized it.”

Kristen Archambeau, 21, an Advertising and Marketing Communications major from Michigan feels the same way.  “I think Marc Jacobs . . . since he’s hip and young but respected in the design community,” she said.

This quest for a new designer comes after Galliano was fired on March 1, 2011 after a video of him making anti-Semitic statements was released by Britain’s, The Sun tabloid.  Although it has been two months, the company has yet to name a successor to continue the brand’s legacy, and it does not seem like one will be named soon.  According to a March 31, 2011 Reuters report, the new designer might not be revealed until the fall.

“[The announcement] could come at any time, after [the autumn] or before,” Sidney Toledano, Dior’s Chairman and Chief executive, said in a statement to Reuters.

Katie Gillespie, 19, a Fashion Merchandising Management Major from Ohio has a strong opinion of who the successor should be.  “I honestly think that it should be an unknown,” she said. “There is so much talent out there and the House of Dior should hold auditions for the person that best fits the image. Actually, Kenley [Collins] from season 5 of Project Runway wouldn’t be a bad choice.”  Gillespie understands that the decision may be a long time coming.  “I think the reason why it has taken so long is to build suspense. Fashion is dramatic after all, and that’s why we love it,” she said.

Marc Jacobs and Sarah Burton after the Marc Jacobs and Alexander McQueen Fall 2011 shows. Via Style.com

Kenley Collins via TVguide.com

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