Marc Jacobs to take over as Dior's head designer from John Galliano, report says
Marc Jacobs seemingly has enough on his plate, designing for three labels, but the fashion designer is now reportedly in talks to take over as head designer at Dior, following John Galliano's dismissal.
Women's Wear Daily reported on Monday that Jacobs is entering negotiations from the French fashion house this week. Jacobs is currently the head designer for Louis Vuitton and his namesake collections - Marc Jacobs and Marc by Marc Jacobs.
If he took the job with Dior, Jacob's Louis Vuitton duties would reportedly be passed down to Céline head designer Phoebe Philo. All three labels, Dior, Louis Vuitton and Céline are under the LVMH design umbrella.
If appointed to the position, Jacobs would be the first non-European designer to design for Dior.
According to Yahoo News, Bernard Arnault, the head of LVMH, said in a 2003 interview, "Had I hired Marc Jacobs for Dior and John Galliano for Louis Vuitton, it would not have worked as well for both brands, even though both designers are geniuses of their own."
Galliano was unceremoniously fired from his position as head designer of Dior in March following an anti-Semitic rant. In June, the designer claimed he remembered nothing of the incident and that his "triple addiction" to alcohol, barbiturates and sleeping pills were to blame.
Galliano, 50, apologized for the February diatribe, saying these were not his views but instead reflect "the shell of John Galliano ... someone who needs help," the Associated Press reported at the time.
In March, Galliano was fired by Christian Dior after 14-years with the company after a video was posted online, showing him praising Adolf Hitler. At the time, Dior said that Galliano had been laid off immediately.
"I have a triple addiction. I'm a recovering alcoholic and a recovering addict," Galliano testified when asked why he couldn't remember the incident. He said he started drinking in 2007 and became addicted to alcohol, barbiturates and sleeping pills.
Following his detention by police in February, the fashion designer underwent rehabilitation treatment in Arizona and Switzerland.
Galliano is charged with "public insults based on origin, religious affiliation, race or ethnicity" and faces up to six months in prison and up to $32,175 in fines.
French law prohibits public insults toward others because of their origins, race or religion. The verdict is expected at a later date, but the prosecutors have asked for a fine of no less than $14,400.
Before the announcement by Dior, Academy Award-winning actress Natalie Portman, who is a spokes model for Miss Dior Cherie perfume, said she was "shocked" and "disgusted" by the video.
The Sun posted a video online showing a seemingly drunken Galliano telling a café patron, "I love Hitler."
The British designer went on to say, "People like you would be dead. Your mothers, your forefathers, would all be [expletive] gassed."