One of our most astute commenters brought up the issue of John Galliano‘s team in the studio and the atelier at Dior and his namesake label. Will they all be let go? Will most of them be spared? And while we’re at it, will the John Galliano label continue at all?
We decided to ask some Paris fashion industry vets for insight.
It’s likely that once a new designer is named to the Christian Dior post, many of Galliano’s studio employees will move on. However, those who work in the atelier are likely to stick around.
Why? Because it’s hard to find good “petites mains,” the french term for couture dressmakers. These workers have nothing to do with the creative studio team–they are there to physically produce the collection.
As for the fate of the Galliano brand, one inside source doesn’t think Dior/LVMH will keep it around. Unlike McQueen, whose tragic death last year has inevitably/sadly made his brand stronger, Galliano’s name will be forever associated with these incidents. However, we predict that LVMH will continue to use the name to sell fragrance.
But if LVMH is going to drop Galliano’s label, why would they show the collection on Sunday? A source tells us to wait and see. Despite morning reports indicating otherwise, “the show is about to be canceled [entirely],” says our contact.
At least there’s some good news for Galliano’s faithful dressmakers.