Dior Drops Designer for Allegedly Anti-Semitic Barrage
Posted on Mar 1, 2011
John Galliano has been thrown out of the house of Dior. The 50-year-old couturier, given to sporting a look that might be described as swashbuckler chic, was booted from his top post at the French fashion firm after his bosses saw footage of Galliano allegedly declaring “I love Hitler” to two women at a Parisian cafe, according to the BBC.
A lawyer for the 50-year-old designer said he denied the allegations.
Toledano said Galliano’s alleged comments “totally contradict the values which have always been defended by Christian Dior.”
Earlier on Tuesday, Oscar-winning actress Natalie Portman said she was “disgusted” at fashion designer John Galliano’s alleged anti-Semitic remarks in a video.
“I am deeply shocked and disgusted by the video of John Galliano’s comments that surfaced today,” said Portman, who won the best actress Oscar on Sunday.
It followed the footage posted online allegedly showing Galliano telling a Paris cafe patron: “People like you would be dead today—your mothers, your forefathers would be gassed.”
AP / Jacques Brinon
British fashion designer John Galliano appears at the end of his men’s fall-winter 2011/2012 fashion show in Paris in January.