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Christian Dior sacks John Galliano

Christian Dior has formally severed ties with its head designer John Galliano.

The French fashion house has confirmed it has initiated termination proceedings and issued the following statement:

Paris – March 1, 2011

Following the allegations of anti-Semitic statements that resulted in John Galliano being questioned by police on Thursday, February 24, Christian Dior immediately suspended its relationship with its designer, pending the outcome of the police investigation.

Today, in light of the deeply offensive statements and conduct by John Galliano in a video made public yesterday, Christian Dior has commenced termination proceedings against him.

Sidney Toledano, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Christian Dior Couture, said: “I unequivocally condemn the statements made by John Galliano which are in total contradiction to the longstanding core values of Christian Dior”.

Galliano was suspended from his role last week after being arrested for allegedly making anti-Semitic remarks. Galliano initially said he would counter-sue the couple who made the allegations for defamation, but came under renewed pressure this week after a shocking video emerged, purporting to show Galliano in a racist rant.

Bookmakers are already taking bets on who will replace the Gibraltar-born designer at Christian Dior. Paddy Power said Yves Saint Laurent’s Stefano Pilati was the 11/8 favourite, followed by former YSL designer and photographer Hedi Slimane at 9/4 and creative director of Dior Homme Kris Van Assche at 4/1.

How will the loss of Galliano’s creative talent affect the Christian Dior business? Have your say below.


Readers' comments (5)

  • I cannot believe he is leaving , one of the greatest designers the world has ever known :O

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  • it serves him right

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  • I am not by any length agreeing with anything that Galliano said, I think what he said was completely out of order however these are his own views. having viewed the video myself it is clear to me that Galliano may have been under the influence of Alcohol and its seems that he is actually conversing with the couple rather than having a totally aggressive rant.
    We also don't know what the rest of the conversation was about and weather he was previously provoked into a reaction as there seems to be a lack of video for this, how come they chose to video at this point???? whatever the reason the reaction was still wrong.

    But I think that everyone makes mistakes especially when under the influence of alcohol (If he was) and put into perspective, he is credited for turning around the profits and vision of a very old "stuck in its ways" company.... and i am really surprised that when it comes down to it they have not backed him up like he has with them.

    the comments he made were wrong...... but shouldn't we all be given a second chance to apologise and repair the damage? Other people have done a lot worse and got away with it.... think about all those famous stars!

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  • Being under the influence of alcohol, or anything, does not justify making the statements that he made. Making remarks which sympathise with a dictator who murdered millions of people for no other erason than their religion is not one of a man who should be at the helm of a huge design house.

    He is an artist, designer, creator but he works for a commercial business that has a reputation to maintain and has Jewish people at the top. Any person making violently offensive statements towards a group of people which include their bosses would be sacked immediately, and in France, in jail.

    There should be no tolerance for this kind of thing, in fact tolerance and complacency for these kinds of things are how holocausts, genocides, ethnic trajedies occur.

    Good riddance to him.

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  • The comments JG made cannot and should not be defended in anyway. Ignorance and intolerance have no place in society - something I would have hoped JG was fully aware of. The fact that he is threatening to counter-sue for defamation makes a mockery of any apology he has released to date. It saddens me to think that someone so creative and influential could debase himself in this way.

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