Dior’s president and CEO told the fashion newspaper, “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.”
The Associated Press reports Galliano’s dismissal will be immediate. Le Parisien got a hold of Dior’s official statement, which reads in part: “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 start the formal dismissal prodedure.”
The designer worked for Dior since 1996. Dior’s runway show is still expected to be held in Paris on Friday.
Quelle horreur! Last night John Galliano was arrested in Paris after allegedly assaulting a women. As a result he has been suspended as head designer at Christian Dior. His AW 2011 collection for the brand is scheduled for next week. Will it go ahead without him?
The New York Times reports:
John Galliano, the chief designer at Christian Dior since 1996, has been suspended from his duties at the fashion house after he was arrested for allegedly assaulting a woman and making anti-Semitic remarks at an outdoor Paris café last night.
“Dior affirms with the utmost conviction its policy of zero tolerance towards any antisemitic or racist words or behavior,” Sidney Toledano, the Dior chief executive, said in a statement. “Pending the results of the inquiry, Christian Dior has suspended John Galliano from his responsibilities.”
According to French news media reports, Galliano was drinking at La Perle café, a hipster dive near the designer’s home in the Marais neighborhood, when he got into an altercation with a woman. It is not clear why Galliano approached the woman, who was dining with her husband, or what was said, but a police source told WWD that the woman had filed a police complaint against Galliano for making comments of an anti-Semitic nature. Another account, paints a more sympathetic picture of Galliano, and has the designer criticizing the woman’s handbag after she had called him ugly.
Police are investigating the case before it is handed over to the public prosecutor’s office. No word as yet on the fate of the Dior show on March 4 or on Galliano’s namesake collection, which is slated to be shown two days later.