Christian Dior Fires The Hitler-Loving John Galliano
After video was released of John Galliano stating “I love Hitler” on Monday, along with allegations of other racist remarks, Christian Dior is taking steps to fire the label’s star designer. WWD.com reports:
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.”
The dismissal came as a second complaint alleging an anti-Semitic verbal assault was filed with Paris police, and after Natalie Portman, a face for Parfums Christian Dior, denounced Galliano and disassociated herself from him.
The video depicted Galliano in a row with his neighbors at a café. In a slurred voice, he appears to say “I love Hitler,” makes references to people being “gassed” and utters expletives.
Galliano joined Dior in 1996 after one year as couturier at Givenchy. Galliano also has a signature brand that is controlled by Dior and spans designer clothing, jeanswear, children’s wear and accessories.
Perhaps we should have taken a hint from his spring 2011 collection? I know John said he was inspired by Charlie Chaplin, but still…