Christian Dior have announced that they have fired their iconic creative director John Galliano after a four-day media frenzy surrounding allegations that the fashion designer made anti-semitic and racial slurs last week. According to WWD:
In a brief statement, Dior said because of the “odious behavior” of Galliano portrayed in a video circulated Monday, Dior has sidelined him and initiated proceedings to fire him.
Sidney Toledano, Dior’s president and chief executive officer, said, “We unequivocally condemn the statements made by John Galliano which are in total contradiction to the longstanding core values of Christian Dior.”
Just the other day Italian Vogue editor-in-chief Franca Sozzani had told the Telegraph’s Hilary Alexander that it would be a pity if Dior and Galliano were to part ways, and though his alleged actions are unacceptable, we feel the same way.
Galliano has carved out quite a name for himself, first as an enfant terrible back in the 1990s before joining Dior from Givenchy in 1996 and his collections for Dior have always been some of the most dramatic and eagerly anticipated both on the RTW and Haute Couture runways.
This news will certainly overshadow Galliano’s last collection for Dior, set to show this Friday at Paris Fashion Week.