“Christian Dior launched a dismissal procedure against John Galliano, its star designer, as the iconic French fashion house moves to distance itself from anti-Semitic statements he allegedly made.
French police have been investigating Mr. Galliano’s actions. In France, it’s against the law to make anti-Semetic remarks.
In a statement Tuesday, Dior said that it had launched the procedure to fire Mr. Galliano because of the “odious behavior and comments” displayed by the designer in a video that circulated widely on the Internet Monday.
Dior is part of the luxury goods empire of LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton.
Sidney Toledano, Dior’s chief executive, said, “I condemn with the greatest firmness the comments made by John Galliano, in total contradiction with the essential values which have always been defended by Christian Dior.”
Dior had suspended Mr. Galliano last Friday after a late-night argument in a bar during which the designer allegedly made anti-Semitic and racist slurs against two patrons. The suspension was in place pending the results of a police investigation into the incident.
It is unclear whether the video posted Monday is from the same night or from another moment.” -Christina Passariello (online.wsj.com)
Wow, I wonder the effect this will have on the Dior line. Reminds me of when Hedi Slimane left Dior Homme, only time will tell who takes over as head designer.