They said/We said: Marc Jacobs finally speaks out about the Dior rumours

Photography by Peter Stigter

Prior to the recent reports that Jil Sander creative director Raf Simons is the latest frontrunner to replace John Galliano at Dior, it was almost certain that Marc Jacobs would be the designer to succeed Galliano. However, after reports that money issues brought talks to an end, those rumours bit the dust. Throughout this whole ordeal, Jacobs has been quiet, leaving us all wondering if there was ever any truth to these reports.

Which brings us to today: Jacobs is finally setting the record straight about whether or not he was as serious about moving to Dior as we were all led to believe. In an interview with Vogue, he says that while he did talk about Dior, he didn’t have serious intentions of moving to the iconic French house. But not because of money: he’s just not that into… couture? “The idea of couture doesn’t hold that thing for me. It’s archaic—in my opinion. I mean, I am really interested in the craftsmanship behind couture. But I can explore all that in ready-to-wear.”

While Jacobs’ statement about couture is debatable (with good reason) at least the Dior rumour can finally be put to rest and we can all move on.


Marc Jacobs: “There have been on-and-off conversations about Dior. I don’t know; maybe someday in the future, maybe years from now, I may end up going someplace else, maybe Dior. But right now I am at Vuitton, and all that matters to me is that that’s where I am and I’m going to keep doing my thing.” [Vogue]

The Gloss: “Very interesting! Frankly, we’d been kind of dreading the move, though it was nothing against Jacobs—we just wanted to see the spot go to Haider Ackermann.” [The Gloss]


Bernadette Morra, editor-in-chief: “While it is true that some Louis Vuitton pieces are crafted with couture techniques, I think it is quite different for a designer to do a few couture items within a ready-to-wear collection, than an entire couture collection. Maybe adding haute couture to his plate would be an added pressure he doesn’t really want? He definitely sounds as if he is creatively satisfied with where his career is now. I admire him for that—among many other things.”