Dior’s head designer, John Galliano was fired today after a story broke out Monday about his anti-Semitic remarks towards strangers at a bistro in Paris. See the video of his ramblings here. Either you’re sick of hearing about it, or wondering who the heck Galliano is and why anyone cares that he’s fired in the first place. So here’s what’s up…
Galliano has been with Christian Dior since 1997 and has been labeled the “bad boy” designer for his extravagant and outrageous designs. But, I think he basically asked to be fired with those tasteless comments he made. He’s apparently been aptly named the “bad boy” of fashion. The consequences of his actions earned him a dismissal and I believe Dior made the right decision to protect the name of their fashion house. We’ll see who will take his place as chief designer, and what becomes of his name as a designer. Not saying it’s impossible, but he may have a hard time selling his brand after such bad press! Badly done Galliano, Badly done.
Sidney Toledano, Dior Couture’s chief executive made this statement in the New York Times:
“he condemned “in the strongest terms” the words and actions of Mr. Galliano, “which are in total contradiction with the essential values that have always been defended by the Christian Dior house.” Dior said it had “immediately suspended relations” with Mr. Galliano and that it had “initiated dismissal procedures.” It cited the “particularly odious comments” contained in a video published Monday.”
Dior recently named Natalie Portman as the face of their Miss Dior Cherie perfume and she publicly declared her distaste for Galliano.
Her public statement : “I am deeply shocked and disgusted by the video of John Galliano’s comments that surfaced today. 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. I hope at the very least, these terrible comments remind us to reflect and act upon combating these still-existing prejudices that are the opposite of all that is beautiful.”
What do you think? Harsh punishment or he deserved it? Sad to see him go or glad he got what was coming to him?