John Galliano Fired from Dior!
After allegations of anti-semitism, Dior fired John Galliano and SATC costumer Patricia Field defended him later on that day.
John Galliano, Creative Director of Dior was suspended by his employer last Friday when news hit that he allegedly verbally attacked two patrons, Geraldine Bloch and Phillippe Virgiti at the Parisian Bistro La Perle.
Then a cell phone video of a drunken Galliano telling two women that, “he loves Hitler,”surfaced and a media firestorm erupted. Dior has fired the designer. He may also face criminal charges. In France, it is against the law to make anti-semitic statements. Galliano may face a fine and/or jail time.
Natalie Portman, Oscar winner and the face of Dior’s Miss Cherie fragrance (an ad for it was shown incessently during the Oscar broadcast), was scheduled to wear Dior for the Oscars, but switched to a plum Rodarte Swarovski gown instead. Only Sharon Stone and Nicole Kidman wore Dior to the event. Oddly enough, both actresses appeared on many worst dressed at the Oscars list.
While Natalie’s publicists deflected any questions regarding Galliano’s incident in the Oscar press room,Natalie released a statement yesterday morning, ““As an individual who is proud to be Jewish, I will not be associated with Mr. Galliano in any way. I hope, at the very least, these terrible comments remind us to reflect and act upon combating these still-existing prejudices that are the opposite of all that is beautiful.”
Later on that day, Dior issued a statement,“we unequivocally condemn the statements made by John Galliano, which are in total contradiction to the long-standing core values of Christian Dior.” While Dior fired Galliano, they have yet to decide whether or not to put on their fashion show in Paris. It was scheduled for this coming Sunday.
Patricia Field, fashion designer and SATC costumer sent out 500 emails to bloggers, media outlets and friends praising Galliano. She stated, “People in fashion all they do is go and see John Galliano theater every season. That’s what he gives them. To me, this was the same except it wasn’t in a theater or in a movie. John lives in theater. It’s theater. It’s farce. But people in fashion don’t recognize the farce in it. All of a sudden they don’t know him. But it’s OK when it’s Mel Brooks’ ‘The Producers’ singing Springtime for Hitler.”
Field continues on her blog:
A Message From Patricia
“IN PRAISE OF JOHN GALLIANO
Beauty, intelligence and energy would describe John as I know him.
Where in this trilogy could one find hate?
I ask you!
My second question is…What exactly did he say?
And the third is…
What is really going on here??”
– Patricia Field
PJ Gach is the Senior Editor: Style +Beauty at BettyConfidential.