British Fashion Designer Fired By Dior
MICHELE NORRIS, Host:
As Eleanor Beardsley reports, he was ousted for making a series of bizarre anti-Semitic remarks, some of which were caught on video.
ELEANOR BEARDSLEY: Fifty-year-old designer John Galliano was suspended by Christian Dior last Friday after a couple filed charges against him with the police, saying Galliano had insulted them using racist and anti-Semitic remarks. What turned that suspension into today's full-fledged dismissal was this...
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JOHN GALLIANO: (beep)
BEARDSLEY: Video of another altercation was posted on the website of the British newspaper, The Sun. It shows Galliano using foul language to insult bar patrons. He calls them ugly. And then in a slurred voice he says...
GALLIANO: Unidentified Woman: Oh my god.
BEARDSLEY: Jessica Michault is online style editor at the Herald Tribune newspaper.
JESSICA MICHAULT: It's absolutely a shock to the world of fashion. John Galliano was one of the icons of the fashion industry. He has defined Dior for the last 10 years, really transformed it, made it what it is today.
BEARDSLEY: One of Christian Dior's directors condemned Galliano's behavior, saying the company had no tolerance for racism and anti-Semitism.
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BEARDSLEY: Called fashion's bad boy for his flamboyant and provocative style, the extravagantly dressed Galliano usually parades down the catwalks himself. He may have done that for the last time, says fashion critic Michault.
MICHAULT: The fashion world really is forgiving. It's very common in the industry for there to be problems with alcohol. But the idea of saying, you know, I love Hitler, that is not something that you can recover from.
BEARDSLEY: For NPR News, I'm Eleanor Beardsley in Paris.
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