Wednesday, March 2, 2011


Oh my gosh! What's happening to extremely talented and couturera designers lately that they get hooked up in smashing controversies? Locally, we have Puey Quinones and the inevitable "Dansen Debacle" that spewed ashes like Mt. Pinatubo both in Twitter and Facebook recently that got many enraged souls putting an X-mark to his credibility as a couturier. Now comes international heavyweight JOHN GALLIANO, a veki icon and our kumadre in faith, getting his booty kicked out by the HOUSE OF DIOR after his incriminating, anti-semitic remarks!

Sources are reporting that after allegations of alcoholism and anti-Semitism following an altercation at a Paris café and two racist videos, John Galliano has been relieved of his duties at Dior.

Sayang naman, nobody does a freakin' show like John Galliano... All the drama and extravagance, all the creativity and fantasy he conjures. In fact, nobody closes a show like him (I would always remember the smize and the pout he puts on every curtain call). Nevertheless, he still has his Galliano label, though.

Here's the complete article as printed from Shine from Yahoo! written by Joanna Douglas, or visit the link at (

Fifty-year-old British designer John Galliano has acted as head designer of Christian Dior since October of 1996, but his reign came to a shocking end today as the result of his reported anti-Semitic behavior. Last week a couple accused the designer of making racist slurs toward them at a Paris café called La Perle. Upon learning of the allegations, Dior immediately suspended Galliano from his post despite the fashion house's upcoming fashion show scheduled for March 4. Yesterday, an incriminating cell phone video was released (though there is some debate over when it was taken) capturing the incident and shows a seemingly drunk designer saying “I love Hitler.” He continues on saying, "People like you would be dead. Your mothers, your forefathers, would all be f------ gassed.” Click here to see the video.

A second complaint was filed yesterday with Paris police alleging an anti-Semitic verbal attack, and Oscar-winning actress Natalie Portman, the face of Miss Dior Cherie fragrance, released a statement about the incident: “I am deeply shocked and disgusted by the video of John Galliano’s comments that surfaced today,” said Portman. “In light of this video, and as an individual who is proud to be Jewish, I will not be associated with Mr. Galliano in any way. I hope at the very least, these terrible comments remind us to reflect and act upon combating these still-existing prejudices that are the opposite of all that is beautiful.”

This morning, Dior said the company had begun the layoff process due to "the particularly odious nature of the behavior and words" of Galliano in the video. President and CEO, Sidney Toledano, told Women’s Wear Daily, "We unequivocally condemn the statements made by John Galliano, which are in total contradiction to the longstanding core values of Christian Dior.” There is no word yet on whether the Dior show or the John Galliano show will be canceled.

The news of Galliano's departure has rocked the fashion world. His first couture show for Dior marked the label's 50th anniversary, in January of 1997. Famous supermodels like Kate Moss, Helena Christensen, Naomi Campbell, and Linda Evangelista have walked the runway for Galliano, while stars like Madonna, Nicole Kidman, Charlize Theron, and Cate Blanchett have frequently worn his designs on the red carpet.

Interestingly, other designers have recently come under fire for racist remarks, but held on to their titles. Last fall, Jean-Paul Guerlain dropped the n-word several times during a French television interview, and Yves Saint Laurent designer Stefano Pilati made some racist remarks in 2007, commenting that "You can't find [black models] that are beautiful and with the right proportions."

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