John Galliano & Givenchy

In 1995, Bernard Arnault, chairman of L.V.M.H., appointed the famously flamboyant fashion designer John Galliano to bring Givenchy -- the couture house founded by Hubert de Givenchy in 1952 -- into the modern era. When Arnault gave Galliano Givenchy's job, many observers were utterly shocked -- not least the sixty-eight-year-old Givenchy himself, who learned about the appointment when he read it in a news release issued by his own press office!
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