Dior Still Searching for Galliano Successor

LVMH chairman Bernard Arnault has confirmed that Christian Dior are still searching for a designer to take over after John Galliano's sudden departure from the label. Arnault says that the company are waiting to find someone who will make the best choices for the label and it's future. For Dior's recent haute couture show for Autumn/Winter 2011 this year, Bill Gaytten and his assistant Susanna Venega took over, but after the show was panned by critics, it appears the company aren't happy to let them take over full time. 

Arnault commented on the future: "I think we have the equivalent of the Vienna Philharmonic. From time to time, the Vienna Philharmonic could play without a conductor because they are so good. But that cannot last forever. We want to [make] the best choice for the house and find the best conductor."

CEO Sidney Toledano believes they have a tough choice to make, and wouldn't be able to stay afloat if it wasn't for the design team behind the scenes:  "A lot of schools produce designers but the technical people - this is what we have to protect. They work very hard here, and they live outside of Paris. They are not living like the designer. They are simple people. Some of them have a difficult life. They have their feet on the ground. They're sustaining the house."
Dior Haute Couture Autumn/Winter 2011

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