Dior loses famous designer after anti-Semitic rant



Within the past week and a half, one major fashion designer has faced the consequences for his shocking drunken behavior during the start of Paris Fashion Week.

One late night last week in the beautiful city of Paris, 50-year-old British designer John Galliano decided to have a drink—or two—or three at a local bar. A few French locals tried starting conversation with him after realizing who he was.

In case you are unfamiliar with Mr. Galliano (It’s OK, that’s what I’m here for), he’s been the man behind the infamous fashions of Christian Dior for the past 15 years.

OK. Back to the beautiful night in Paris.

Upon trying to start conversation with the well-known designer, the French locals were surprised by his hateful, drunken, offensive, anti-Semitic response to their inquiry.

As one could imagine, the locals were beyond offended by the remarks. Luckily, the conversation was being recorded during Galliano’s anti-Semitic rant—and that’s all she wrote.

The video went viral across the Internet for all to see, including fellow Dior colleagues and representatives.

As the face of Miss Dior Cherie perfume, Academy Award winner Natalie Portman was disgusted with Galliano’s behavior.

“In light of this video, and as an individual who is proud to be Jewish, I will not be associated with Mr. Galliano in any way,” Portman said in a statement.

Galliano was fired from Dior on March 1.

Before the models took the cat walk at the Christian Dior fashion show on March 4, Dior Chief Executive Sidney Toledano addressed the audience about her disapproval of their former designer’s anti-Semitic remarks.

“It has been deeply painful to see the Dior name associated with the disgraceful statements attributed to its designer, however brilliant he may be,” Toledano said.

According to a New York Times article, on March 2, the Paris prosecutor announced that Mr. Galliano would stand trial for racial insults. In the same NYT article, Galliano released a statement about his actions.

“I only have myself to blame and I know that I must face up to my own failures and that I must work hard to gain people’s understanding and compassion. To start this process I am seeking help and all I can hope for in time is to address the personal failure which led to these circumstances and try and earn people’s forgiveness,” he said.

Aside from designing for the Christian Dior brand, Galliano has his own line. Although many were skeptical if the fashion show for his fall/winter 2011-2012 ready-to-wear collection would still take place, it did … in a more subtle way.

On Sunday, company executives decided to “tone down” the elaborate, blockbuster Galliano show, which has become a trademark for the fashion house, to a more “low-key presentation.” However, the garments were still the beyond brilliantly constructed pieces that have come to be expected from the creative mastermind.

Galliano was not in attendance at the small showing for his collection. He is rumored to be in a rehab center in Arizona.

According to an ABC News article, Galliano’s trial should take place between April and June and he could face up to six months in prison and $31,000 in fines if convicted.

Unlike the media-crazed Charlie Sheen, John Galliano is cleary not #winning.

Shelisa is a junior journalism and senior merchandising, apparal and textiles major. Follow her on Twitter @KernelMelendez.