Who Will Replace John Galliano at Dior? A List of Possibles

Replacing the fired John Galliano at Dior is arguably the biggest decision Bernard Arnault will ever make. (Mostly because there was less riding on the position when he first hired Galliano in the Nineties.) Since Galliano's reign at the storied Paris fashion house was a time of major financial growth, Arnault needs to choose someone who can continue on that commercial path without compromising design. It's a tough one, mostly because many of the designers proven capable of this are already stationed in plum creative director roles. Will Arnault look outside LVMH to replace Galliano, or will he make some swaps within the empire? We've crafted some educated guesses.

Replacing the fired

Marc Jacobs Some may balk at the idea of pulling Jacobs out of

Alber Elbaz Mr. Elbaz makes beautiful clothes women want to wear, and that's what is needed at Dior. His jovial nature also fits well with the brand, and ensures he won't be trouble, which is the last thing Arnault wants right now.

Kate and Laura Mulleavy LVMH has been looking at Rodarte for years as a possible investment, and this could be the way to fully woo them. What's more, Anna Wintour recently told the Telegraph that she believes the Mulleavy sisters would be a good replacement for the designer.

Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig The Marchesa duo's aesthetic works well with Dior, but we think Chapman's husband, Harvey Weinstein, will get in the way of any quick deals. (Honestly, we just don't think Arnault would get into bed with Weinstein.)

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Riccardo Tisci The Givenchy designer likes to spread rumors about where he'll go next. (A year ago it was YSL.) But this time, it might be true. Tisci's couture work at Givenchy has made him one of the biggest stars in the industry.

And since Dior's couture business is a relatively large part of the company (at least compared to other couture shops), he does make for a sensible candidate.

Hedi Slimane Rumors have been swirling that Slimane would make a return to fashion, this time designing for women. His history at the house is a good argument for bringing him back, his inexperience designing women's fashion is not.

Erdem Moralioglu He's a long shot, but the London-based designer would be a good fit aesthetically for Dior. Plus, he'd bring very little baggage to the position.

Dries Van Noten We have this feeling Dries doesn't want the job, but he'd be a great choice, given his ability to design fantastic shoes and accessories alongside exquisite, feminine clothes.