John Galliano, the always theatrical designer and head couturier for fashion house Dior, has been suspended from his duties for allegedly making anti-Semitic in a Paris cafe.
According to police reports Galliano had been drinking alcohol and was briefly detained in le Marais, a historical district in Paris where the designer also resides. Although police were not releasing details of the incident, rumours of what happened at the cafe from an “eye-witness” have been circulating around the internet, and has been the main topic of conversation at front rows in Milan. According to the anonymous witness, the designer was sitting on the terrace at La Perle cafe around 10pm when he tried to strike up a conversation with the couple next to him. Perhaps not recognizing the famous designer, the gentleman said to Galliano “You’re ugly, you’re disgusting. Move away from here” to which the designer quickly replied to the woman at the table “You’re ugly, and your bag is ugly too!”
The conversation was said to have escalated quickly from that point and more insults were exchanged, including the slur that has led to the designers suspension from Dior. In a statement released to press, Sidney Toledano, the chief executive at the fashion house “Christian Dior has an unequivocal zero-tolerance policy regarding anti-Semitism and racism.” Mr. Galliano’s lawyer, Stephane Zerbib, issued a statement stating “There was never the slightest comment of a racist or anti-Semitic connotation.” The designer will be suspended until a more concrete and thorough police investigation is complete.
Dior’s fall ready-to-wear show is scheduled for next Friday in Paris.