​will sarah burton leave alexander mcqueen for dior?

As Dior presents its first collection since Raf Simons’ departure, rumors swirl in Paris about his replacement.

by Charlotte Gush
Jan 25 2016, 4:26pm

Before the models even hit the Dior couture catwalk this afternoon -- sporting the maison's first collection since Raf Simons' departure in October --rumors were swirling around Paris about the celebrated Belgian designer's eventual replacement. Dior has chosen not to announce a new creative director until after its fall/winter 16 ready to wear collection is presented -- an offering that will be designed, as today's couture was, by an in-house team led by Serge Ruffieux and Lucie Meier. But the word on the Paris front rows is that Alexander McQueen creative director Sarah Burton is a strong contender for the role.

Burton has been at McQueen for almost two decades, starting as Lee McQueen's personal assistant in 1997 before working her way up, eventually taking the reigns after the designer's untimely passing in 2010. Other designers that have been speculated by major critics as in contention for the position include Alber Elbaz -- who left Lanvin on less than amicable terms in October -- Celine creative director Phoebe Philo and Olivier Theyskens, who left Theory in 2014 and has not yet accepted another major role.

Should Burton become Simons' replacement, her appointment would be historic: she'd be Dior's first ever female creative director. As rumors continue to swirl about shifting positions in fashion's highest ranks, revisit i-D's exploration of why we need more women like Burton and Philo in top design positions. 


Photography Jason Lloyd Evans, Alexander McQueen spring/summer 16