French fashion house Christian Dior has fired creative director John Galliano with immediate effect. The announcement follows mounting allegations that Galliano made anti-Semitic and racial slurs on multiple occasions. The house confirmed that because of the “odious behavior” exhibited by Galliano in a video circulated yesterday, Dior had initiated proceedings to fire him.
In a brief statement, Dior’s president and chief executive officer Sidney Toledano 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.”
Actress Natalie Portman, the face of Christian Dior’s Miss Dior Cherie fragrance, has also issued a statement. “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.”
According to reports, Dior intends to go ahead with its runway show on Friday at Paris Fashion Week.