The house of Dior has fired its star designer John Galliano effective immediately after a second complaint alleging an anti-Semitic attack was filed. In a brief statement, Sidney Toledano, Dior’s president and chief executive officer, said, “I condemn most firmly the statements made by John Galliano which are a total contradiction with the essential values that have always been defended by the House of Christian Dior.” As a result of the designer’s “odious behaviour” Dior has initiated proceedings to fire him.
The dismissal may have also been prompted after Israeli-born Natalie Portman, who has an endorsement contract with Dior for its Miss Dior Cherie fragrance, strongly condemned the designer after learning of his latest tirade. The actress told the New York Times, “I am deeply shocked and disgusted by the video of John Galliano’s comments that surfaced today. 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.”
It is not clear if Portman will continue as the face of the brand but apparently it is being reported that Dior does intend to go ahead with its runway show on Friday in Paris.