Tunisian legend Azzedine Alaia declined the opportunity to take the reins at Dior after John Galliano’s anti-semetic kerfuffle. The Financial Times reports that his age, plus the fact that he’s Azzedine Alaia and has already innovated his way into fashion lore were possible factors in passing up the job:
In all the rumours floated about who would be the next big creative director at Dior, from names old (Givenchy’s Riccardo Tisci, Lanvin’s Alber Elbaz, Vuitton’s Marc Jacobs) to new-ish (Haider Ackerman and Sarah Burton) one that hasn’t been mentioned but has, I discovered, actually been called, is perhaps the most surprising of all: Azzedine Alaia. I had heard whispers, but he just confirmed it.
To be fair, from a sheer talent point of view, this is not surprising: Mr Alaia is often voted by his peers one of the most influential designers ever (really ever; not just of the 20th century), and has been building a house of singular vision for decades.
Check the full report here