Jean Paul Gaultier Once Turned Down Galliano’s Old Job at Givenchy

Jean Paul Gaultier Photo: Kristy Sparow/2011 Kristy Sparow

In light of his retrospective exhibit at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Jean Paul Gaultier is profiled by Susan Orlean for this week's New Yorker, which recounts the story of Galliano being chosen over Gaultier for Dior:

In 1996, Gaultier says, he met with Bernard Arnault, the chairman of the fashion conglomerate LVMH, which owns Dior, Fendi, Givenchy, and Céline, among other brands. Gaultier thought that perhaps he would go to Dior, which was looking for a new head couturier. But Arnault wanted John Galliano, who had been a success at Givenchy, where he had spent the previous year, to take over Dior, and, according to Gaultier, Arnault wanted him to take Galliano’s place at Givenchy. Gaultier was dismayed. “I thought Givenchy was very bourgeois,” he said. “I loved Saint Laurent, Dior, Cardin. Givenchy was not a dream of mine. So I told Mr. Arnault no, I was not dreaming of Givenchy.”