What Will Be the Future of Galliano and Dior?

March 3, 2011 • Fashion


The House of Dior has been in turmoil ever since the breaking of John Galliano's rants and it doesn't seem to be slowing down anytime soon.

According to the Telegraph, Galliano will be forced to stand trial for allegedly making anti-Semitic remarks to a couple at a Paris cafe last week. "The Paris Prosecutors Office has issued a statement saying it has decided to put John Galliano on trial following a police investigation. The proceedings could take place in the second quarter of this year, and Galliano could face up to six months in prison, and up to €22,500 in fines, if convicted." It is against the law in France to insult people due to their origin, belonging or not belonging to a religion, race or ethnicity.

Even worse … there has not been a decided creative director to take reign. Will LVMH chairman and CEO Bernard Arnault pick someone outside of the LVMH family or will there just be a moving of the positions? Sources are buzzing all around who could take the esteemed position, from everyone between Marc Jacobs to Givenchy's Riccardo Tisci as being a front runner.

A few esteemed memebers of the fashion community have also weighed in on the subject of Galliano:

Karl Lagerfeld: "I'm furious that it could happen. Because the question is no longer even whether he really said it. The image has gone around the world. It's a horrible image for fashion, because they think that every designer and everything in fashion is like this. This is what makes me crazy in that story. The thing is, we are a business world where, especially today, with the internet, one has to be more careful than ever, especially if you are a publicly known person," Lagerfeld added. "You cannot go in the street and be drunk – there are things you cannot do. I'm furious with him because of the harm he did to LVMH and Bernard Arnault, who is a friend, and who supported him more than he supported any other designer in his group, because Dior is his favourite label. It's as if he had his child hurt."

Suzy Menkes: "While the vile statements seen coming from Mr. Galliano's drunken lips on the internet video deserved the nearly-universal condemnation they were receiving, there is pathos in the vision of one of the world's most famous — and best paid — designers alone, clutching a glass in a bar," Menkes said. "The pressure from fast fashion and from the instant internet age to create new things constantly has worn down other famous names. Marc Jacobs, design director of Louis Vuitton, ended a wild streak in rehab. Calvin Klein famously rambled across a sports pitch and admitted to substance abuse. And the late Yves Saint Laurent spent a lifetime fighting his demons. Above all, the suicide of Alexander McQueen, a year almost to the day before Mr. Galliano's public disgrace, is a spectre that hangs over the fashion industry. The death from cardiac arrest of Mr. Galliano's closest collaborator, Steven Robinson, in 2007 also sent out an early warning signal."

Patricia Field: "People in fashion all they do is go and see John Galliano theatre every season. That’s what he gives them. To me, this was the same except it wasn’t in a theatre or in a movie. John lives in theatre. It’s theatre. It’s farce. But people in fashion don’t recognise 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."

—Taneisha Jordan

Source: Vogue UK, Racked, WWD, Daily Mail UK
Photo: WWD

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One Response to What Will Be the Future of Galliano and Dior?

  1. samantha says:

    So its okay to insult Jews & Christians these days. I wonder what Menkes & fields would be saying if he said this to Muslims? Would they be making excuses for Galliano? I doubt it. They would be quivering under burkhas.

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