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article imageDior permanently bans designer John Galliano

By Melissa Hayes     Jun 28, 2011 in Lifestyle
Four months after the leak of a viral video featuring the former Christian Dior designer hurling anti-Semitic insults—resulting in a very public termination—John Galliano has been officially and completely shut out by the luxury label.
Bernard Arnault, head of Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton (LVMH)—the company that manages Dior—banished any possibility of a comeback by the 50-year-old designer, making a June 25 announcement that Galliano will never again be welcome at any of the international group’s brands, including his own John Galliano fashion house, The New York Times reported.
“He will not be working for LVMH,” Arnault told reporters after Saturday’s Dior Homme show in Paris.
Galliano recently appeared in a Paris courtroom on June 22, where he defended himself against hate-crime charges, worth 10,000 euros (C$14,500), claiming addictions to alcohol and prescription drugs were the cause of various alleged racist remarks—none of which he can remember, reports the Toronto Star.
“I never held those views—the things I’m being accused of today,” he is quoted as saying in the Star report.
“I don’t remember well. I can’t remember well, I have a memory of a very violent man. I have no recollection (of words used on that night),” he said during the one-day trial, with a verdict due Sept. 8.
The acclaimed designer shocked the fashion world when he was shown spouting drunken anti-Semitic remarks in a video made public in early March.
Released right on the coat-tails of seperate, but similar allegations, The Sun's video reveals an inebriated Galliano saying, “I love Hitler,” and telling two women that they should be “gassed.”
The leak, following the disgraced designer’s arrest after a couple accused him of verbal abuse at a Parisian bar in February, lead Christian Dior Couture Chairman and Chief Exective Officer, Sidney Toledano, to publicly sack Galliano in April—stating the label has zero tolerance of anti-Semitism and racism, reported The Guardian.
51-year-old British-born designer Bill Gaytten, who worked alongside Galliano for 23 years, was recently named the new creative director of Dior’s Galliano label, Vogue UK reports.
The Guardian states Galliano had worked at the French fashion house for 15 years.
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