When in 1996 Gibraltar born designer John Galliano was anointed the creative director for Christian Dior, the fashion world rejoiced at the news. Galliano, who studied at the famed Central Saint Martins College in London brought his trademark epic romanticisms to the runways of Dior. Soon his name became synonymous with couture and high drama. So, it’s no surprise that his recent firing from the House of Dior over two incidents of anti-semitic rants has sent ripples across the fashion world. And as catwalk shows were underway at the ongoing Paris Fashion Week, industry insiders expressed regret at the fall from grace of the 50-year-old British designer.
“I think Galliano made a terrible mistake and such offensive behaviour could not be ignored,” British Vogue editor Alexandra Shulman, told style.com. “What he said is unforgivable and the only way to repent now is to apologise and wait to see how his loyal fans react,” says fashion critic Umesh Jivnani.
Shortly before Dior fired Galliano, Scott Schuman, the closely followed street fashion photographer behind thesatorialist.com, blogged that he hoped the designer would be able to turn his life back upright. “In my eyes, it (the video) shows a sad man willing to say anything to hurt others as a desperate cry for help,” wrote Schuman. “I hope he is relieved of his duties and that he seeks out the professional help he obviously needs.”
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Desi Dior Divas show their support for Galliano
Fans will still buy Dior
“The actions of one person or his personal ideologies are not a reflection on the brand for sure. What John said was absolutely wrong but he’s still one of the greatest designers around. And he made the most beautiful clothes, bags, shoes etc with Dior. That legacy remains untarnished and I’m sure fans will surely not shy away from buying his designs,” says lawyer Niamat Bakshi.
I’ll always buy Dior
“The controversy is just one aspect of Galliano. His work as designer has no relation to that…what happened was very unfortunate but that doesn’t negate all the amazing work he has done as a designer. I will surely not shy away from wearing his designs. And I sincerely hope he gets better at the earliest because he’s the kind of designer the fashion scene needs to thrive on and grow,” says socialite Tanisha Mohan.
Dior is timeless
“Dior is a timeless choice for the elegant and style savvy lady. One can never own too many Dior dresses and it will always be my favourite, despite whatever has happened recently. Scandals in the long term impact a person who’s as talented as Galliano. Look at what happened to Kate Moss, she bounced back and surely so will Galliano,” says restaurateur Ramola Bachchan.