According to Women’s Wear Daily famed fashion designer John Galliano was officially fired by fashion house Christian Dior where he has worked since 1966. He was first laid off and then officially terminated following his arrest at a Parisian cafe for allegedly making anti-Semitic remarks as well as for an incident involving assault. A video of Galliano later surfaced saying “I love Hitler.”
French newspapers report Galliano will eventually be tried in criminal court for “public insults made against individuals based on their origin or their religious affiliation…made against three victims.” He could be in court during the second half of the year and faces 6 months in prison and a fine of 22,500 euros ($31,200).
In response to Galliano’s actions Dior’s president and CEO told the media, “I condemn most firmly the statements made by John Galliano which are a total contradiction with the essential values that have always been defended by the House of Christian Dior.”
He also said “Today, based on the odious behavior and the comments made by John Galliano in a video made public on Monday, the Christian Dior house has decided to lay him off and commence the formal termination procedure.”
Insiders and friends of Mr. Galliano who refused to be identified have reported that the troubled designer has agreed to go into rehab and will most probably go to The Meadows, a rehab facility in Wickenberg, Arizona, where Elton John and Donatella Versace were treated. Theories abound that the intense pressures from competition along with the insane pace of the fashion world today broke the fragile and delicate soul of the brilliant artistic creator. Dior like most corporate fashion houses has an extremely demanding structure.
The question now is who will success Galliano as Dior’s creative director. The current favorites are Yves Saint Laurent designer Stefano Pilati, Dior Homme designer Hedi Slimane and Givenchy Creative Director Riccardo Tisci. Many insiders believe Tisci has the lead in the race for the highly coveted position.
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