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British designer Galliano sacked from epynomous label - Women's Wear Daily

posted 15 Apr 2011, 09:14 by Sam Mbale   [ updated 15 Apr 2011, 09:16 ]

Fashion house Dior says John Galliano was suspended from his own label over allegations of racist remarks at a Paris bar.

PARIS, FRANCE (APRIL 15, 2011) REUTERS - After Dior it was the turn of John Galliano's eponymous fashion house to sack the British designer on Friday (April 15) following allegations that he hurled racial abuse at people in a Paris bar in March this year, according to fashion publication Women's Wear Daily.

Galliano's offices didn't refute the report.

The British designer was ousted from the "John Galliano" fashion label, which is 91-percent-owned by Dior, six weeks after a video surfaced of him hurling anti-Semitic insults at a couple in a Paris bar, WWD reported.

The label's board decided to hand over his responsibilities to an in-house design team, WWD said, without specifying whether the label would retain the same name.

Reports say Galliano has been receiving treatment in Los Angeles for substance abuse problems.

Galliano's ex-employer Dior has yet to announce who will succeed him at the head of its creative operation and Chief Executive Sidney Toledano told Reuters it was in no hurry to announce a name.

At the start of the Dior show at Paris Fashion Week in March, Toledano read a statement condemning Galliano's words:

"The fact that the name of Dior has been linked through its designer, as brilliant as he may be to intolerable words, is very painful for us. Intolerable because such words are unacceptable in the name of our duty of memory, in the name of all the victims of the Holocaust, in the name of the respect of all peoples, in the name of human dignity, painful because everybody at Dior has given body and soul to their work," said Toledano.

Galliano's own label downsized its show to a private-viewing of the Autumn/Winter collection, in the absence of the designer.