British fashion designer John Galliano has been suspended from his role at French couture house Christian Dior after being arrested for allegedly making anti-Semitic remarks. His suspension comes just days before he is due to show his two collections at Paris Fashion Week.
Galliano, who is head designer at the Christian Dior fashion house, was detained on Thursday evening after he allegedly verbally abused a couple in a cafe in the Marais district of Paris, according to reports.
He has been released pending charges being filed, according to sources quoted in the French press.
In a statement, Christian Dior chief executive Sidney Toledano said: “Dior affirms with the utmost conviction its policy of zero tolerance towards any antisemitic or racist words or behaviour.”
“Pending the results of the inquiry, Christian Dior has suspended John Galliano from his responsibilities”.
Galliano was said to be drinking at a bar before the incident. He was then arrested and taken to a local police station and later escorted back to his house. No charges have been filed against him.
Reuters was told by a police source that the outburst was prompted by stress ahead of his upcoming show at Paris Fashion Week. The Christian Dior and John Galliano shows are due to take place in the next few days. Paris Fashion Week begins on March 1.
Galliano was named head designer at Dior, part of the luxury goods group LVMH, in 2006 and has been based in Paris for 20 years.