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August 24, 2011  | by: LaDawn Penigar-Mitchell

Marc Jacobs is a Likely Candidate to Replace John Galliano

The fashion world is abuzz over the possibility that Marc Jacobs might take over as creative director of Dior. According to WWD, the designer was approached about a possible move to Dior, and he has been recently involved in serious talks with Bernard Arnault—CEO of luxury company LVMH that owns Marc Jacobs, Celine, Fendi, Louis Vuitton, Dior and a host of other top brands—to succeed John Galliano. The Dior label has been floundering since the longtime creative director was fired in March after allegations he made anti-Semitic remarks during a series of drunken outbursts. The question of who will take the position at Dior has remained since Galliano’s ousting but meetings between Dior’s and Jacobs’ representatives are officially set to take place this week in Paris.

Jacobs is one of the top designers worldwide and he is adored and respected by critics and consumers alike for his work as a designer. He runs two eponymous lines as well as being the creative director of Louis Vuitton, where his contract is ending soon. B­efore renewing, LVMH is reportedly eyeing him for the job at Dior and he is rumored to be the top contender to replace the disgraced Galliano at the legendary fashion house. Rumors that Jacobs was a contender for the position surfaced in July but were not considered to be serious.

Other potential candidates for the coveted Dior job were Lanvin’s Alber Elbaz and Balenciaga’s Nicolas Ghesquiere but each declined offers. LVMH also approached Alexander McQueen’s successor Sarah Burton but she also rebuffed advances. Givenchy’s Riccardo Tisco is still a candidate but no deals have been made.

If Jacobs does take the high-profile position, he will likely give up his job at Vuitton but continue working on his own labels. The vacancy at Vuitton would then possibly be filled by Celine’s Phoebe Philo. Officials at Dior and Vuitton said they could not confirm any negotiations.

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