John Galliano, creative director of Dior circa 1996 was fired this past Tuesday after being accused of anti-semitic comments at a bar in Paris last week. He, however, was not immediately fired, it was a video taken in October of last year that gave the House of Dior no choice but to let the designer go. In the video Galliano, clearly intoxicated, praises dictator Adolf Hitler and says some very ugly things to the individuals around him.
One of the most well-known and respected designers in the industry, the fashion world is stunned, some victimizing Galliano while others publicly condemning his behavior. Karl Lagerfeld released a statement condemning what Galliano has said and how it will affect the way the world views designers while Giorgio Armani and Patricia Field blame alcohol and the theatrics of the industry for his actions. Natalie Portman, the new face of Miss Dior Cherie publicly denounced Galliano. She said she was “shocked and disgusted” and said “in light of this video and as an individual who is proud to be Jewish, I will not be associated with Mr. Galliano anymore”.
Galliano could face up to six months to jail and a fine if convicted for his racist remarks. His show in Paris is at the end of this week and it has not been confirmed nor denied whether he will be in attendance. So what’s next for Galliano? Rehab and from there we will just have to wait. The fashion world is already abuzz with who will replace Galliano at Dior – Riccardo Tisci, Marc Jacobs and Hedi Slimane are just a few names floating around.
How do you feel about Galliano’s actions and did Dior make the right choice firing him for his drunken comments? We would love to hear your thoughts!