John Galliano has been fired from his position as Creative Director of global fashion house, Christian Dior. In a statement released by Sidney Toledano, Dior’s President and Chief Executive Officer said “I condemn most firmly the statements made by John Galliano which are in total contradiction with the essential values that have always been defended by the House of Christian Dior.” The statement was made following a video in which Galliano was seen to make anti-Semitic comments.

During the footage, which made uncomfortable viewing, a man alleged to be John Galliano said to two women “I love Hitler”, before going on to tell them “People like you would be dead today – your mothers, your forefathers would be gassed.”

These shocking statements were made whilst Galliano was clearly inebriated, as pointed out by Italian Vogue’s Franca Sozzani, who was reported by British Vogue as saying that Galliano “was clearly provoked, and filmed while obviously inebriated.”

However, it is difficult to see how Dior could have justified keeping Galliano on after appearing to make such offensive and distasteful comments, even if intoxicated.

The fashion world now waits with bated breath to see what will happen at the Dior show at Paris Fashion Week this Friday, 4th March, and to see if Galliano can recover from this damage to his reputation…

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