Thursday, March 10, 2011

The Final Show: Galliano for Dior (Fall 2011) at PFW

       If you are follower of the fashion world (or even if you are not) you've probably heard about what has happened with fashion designer John Galliano (and so I'm not going to repeat it here). Shocking the fashion world, after his "antics", the Fashion House of Dior suspended Galliano and then proceeded to fire him, the result of having a policy of intolerance with regards to discriminatory behavior of all kinds.

       Everyone has different opinions of the situation everything from, "They did the right thing" to "Why should they care? It's his private life, he can do what he wants." I think the latter is true in some circumstances. Do what you want, as long as you keep it PRIVATE.  But when you have a high profile employee for a company that is known to the world, and you expose that behavior in public for the world to see, it certainly can matter. Galliano was the head designer of Dior has stood on their front line for fifteen years, and when people in the fashion world look at him, they not only see John Galliano, they see Dior. 


      For those of you who might not understand why Dior would go so far as to fire Galliano, one piece of information that might put it in perspective is that the house of Dior was "born" after WWII. Christian Dior created it based on the premise that discrimination had no place in the world, and its focus was to "make women happy." That is, not only to dress them in beautiful clothes but to fight for the equal rights, which in today's modern world also means equal rights to everyone of all religions, gender, race, or sexuality. This ideal is deeply rooted in Dior and always has been, hence the zero tolerance policy they have regarding discriminatory behavior.


   I do think that the firing was harsh. Especially, since it has been implied that Galliano is suffering from psychological issues or alcoholism (or both) and that he was rumored to being currently treated at a rehabilitation facility. Galliano also then apologized for his behavior claiming he has always been a proponent of anti-discrimination and has been a victim of discrimination his whole life.  I'm sure that separating ways from Galliano was a tough thing to do, but at the same time, I do understand why they had to do it. Zero tolerance is zero tolerance, no exceptions. Galliano was Dior's representative in all aspects. And sure, what happened occurred in his private life, but whether he or not he is working, he is associated with Dior and he should be a reflection of Dior's ideals even in his off hours. If for example you ran a non-profit organization whose main focus is against drunk driving, you can't have your main spokesperson driving around under the influence. It just doesn't make any sense. You cannot run a company based on a specific premise and employ someone whose actions are inconsistent with those ideals.


   The firing of Galliano unfortunately came just days before Dior's Runway Show at Paris Fashion Week. Galliano was nowhere to be found (and so were the celebrities).  The show went on, however, and the clothes were stunningly beautiful as always. Here are a few of my favorites, and first let me say, I am in no way supporting discriminatory behavior by posting these!  The designs were so inspiring, and definitively Galliano. The show did not disappoint (photo source is Getty. For more, see Fashionologie.com):


      I love the sheer and silk fabrics. So much texture again for fall. And OTK boots? Not going anywhere.

      And who is set to replace John Galliano at Dior? Riccardo Tisci, who was once a designer for Givenchy from 1995-1996.

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