I’m not usually one for tabloid news, but this one was just too big not to talk about in a bit more detail.
The French fashion house Christian Dior has sacked its British designer, John Galliano following alleged racist comments he made last week. Dior said it had decided to fire Galliano after seeing a video clip showing the designer intoxicated and talking to two women in a cafe in Paris.
Galliano’s dismissal came on the first day of Paris fashion week. And as a consequence of the dismissal, even though his Dior show is set to run on Friday, it’s still not yet clear if it will go ahead as originally planned. The incident has been followed by a storm of condemnation from various fronts. And while the fashion industry at large remains furious over Galliano’s racist slur, the dismissal has undoubtedly raised some eyebrows among all critics.
This is huge news for the fashion industry, as it has lost one of its key designers. Galliano has been the head designer of Dior since the mid-90s and has contributed to much of the success of the Fashion House. I wonder who Dior will find to replace the position of John Galliano.