John Galliano Stripped of Legion of Honour Award

Former Dior designer is stripped of prestigious French award

Photo by Anthea Simms

Former Dior designer John Galliano has been stripped of the prestigious Legion d’Honneur award, typically given to those who have served France and uphold its ideals.  Galliano was charged with “public insults based on origin, religious affiliation, race or ethnicity,” after being overheard hurling anti-Semitic and racist insults at two women at La Perle cafe early last year. Later, a video leaked where Galliano was seen discussing his love of Hitler. He has since entered a rehabilitation program, blaming the outburst on issues with drugs and alcohol. After the events, LVMH cut all ties with the designer. The house of Dior is now led by Raf Simons, formerly of Jil Sander.