Wednesday, March 23, 2016
Now It's Burton Headed To Dior?
A Last minute change from Jonathan Saunders to Burton? Or undecided? AS attention turns to Dior couture this afternoon in Paris and the first show to be held since Raf Simons left his creative director post in October, so too does who his successor will be. Industry rumours have thrown up many names since Simons's departure - Alber Elbaz, Phoebe Philo and Olivier Theyskens among them - but the one that seems to be gathering momentum right now is that of Alexander McQueen's creative director, Sarah Burton.
Burton, who has been with McQueen since 1997 when she worked as founder Lee McQueen's personal assistant, has lead the company to critical acclaim since she took the helm following McQueen's death in 2010. If she were to be appointed to the top job at Dior, there would no doubt be lengthy negotiations, not least concerning where operations would take place as Burton and her family are currently located in London while the Dior atelier is in Paris.
In December, Dior revealed that its in-house design team would be taking charge of the pre, couture and ready-to-wear autumn/winter 2016 collections, but with no confirmation of who will be responsible for spring/summer 2017 showcases since it was gossiped with Jonathan Saunders heading to Dior, and might not be real afterall, an announcement is likely soon.
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