By now, you probably have heard about John Galliano's suspension and later dismissal from his post as the Creative Director of Christian Dior following his drunken verbal assault of a couple at a Parisian cafe that included several anti-Semitic remarks. You may have even seen the video capturing the rant or read about Natalie Portman's - the face of Christian Dior's perfume - denouncement and disassociation with the designer.
Given Galliano's role as a main force behind the global brand, his dismissal is not a cut and dry issue. There are several questions that many in the fashion world have trouble grappling with, such as:
- Who will replace him? How will Christian Dior's future change because of the loss of the creative director?
- Should Galliano have been fired sooner? Were his anti-Semitic views already known by the brand and was he only fired now because they went public?
- Considering that Galliano was in a seemingly drunken stupor, is he really anti-Semitic or was he just really, really drunk? Did his inebriation prevent him from filtering what he was saying, which would otherwise not have been uttered? Does he perhaps, as Suzy Menkes now believes, have a drinking problem and should even go into rehab?
- Is it fair for Galliano to lose a position he has worked so hard for and did so well because he said something really awful when he was not in his work role? If he were a nobody, would he have lost his job for such an attack? (Would the verbal attack have even been reported or gotten its way back to his employers?)
- Is it fair for Galliano to lose his position for one major slip-up completely unrelated to his role as the creative director? Does he deserve to be shunned and possibly blacklisted in the industry for years to come?
BARE readers, what you think about the Question of Galliano? How are you dealing with it?