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Happy Endings

March 16, 2011

In a very bold move, French fashion house Christian Dior fired it’s designer John Galliano, just days before the show.
The very talented and flamboyant Mr., Galliano was said to have gotten into a fight in a bar, and made anti-Semitic slurs to other patrons.  He was detained by the Paris police, suspended from his job at Dior, and subsequently fired, when a video proclaiming his love of Hitler was later released.

He was also prohibited from attending the showing of his eponymous John Galliano collection, which Dior’s parent company has controlling interest of.

Amidst threats of boycotts and scandalous press, Dior’ s chairman, Sidney Toledano handled the situation with grace and dignity. He addressed the crowd at the beginning of the show stating that “The heart of the house of Dior beats unseen…it is made up of it’s teams and studios, of seamstresses and craftsman.”

At the end of show, instead of Galliano’s usual dramatic entrance, the entire atelier team came out in their white coats to take the final bow, to thunderous applause.

Kudos to you Mr. Toledano, for making one of the most meaningful gestures in the fashion world today.


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