Yesterday, John Galliano was fired from his position at Christian Dior. The move was taken after a video was released of Galliano drunkenly making racial slurs and as Natalie Portman released a statement disassociating herself from the designer. The designer is planning to fight his dismissal with help from London lawyer Gerrard Tyrrell, who assisted Kate Moss during the cocaine scandal in 2005. Galliano has also reportedly checked in to rehab. Suzy Menkes wrote that friends have,
"finally persuaded the troubled designer to go immediately into rehab... and that the pace of fashion today, and particularly the rigorous structure of a corporate fashion house, broke the fragile, artistic creator."
Some sources are suggesting that Dior wanted Galliano out and the timing of the video wasn't an accident, "Word is Galliano’s alcoholism (he was often reported to be seen drunk at La Perle) and bigotry had been problems for some time."
To find out why Patricia Field is defending him, just read more.
Hilary Alexander wrote about the situation yesterday and called on the industry to offer "support and love". She wrote, "Madame Fashion is a brutal task-master. From Sophocles to Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, the book of quotations is full of dire warnings that those whom the Gods would destroy, they first make mad."
It's interesting that Galliano's fall from grace keeps being compared to the suicide of Alexander McQueen last year. It is true that the industry constantly pressures designers, but could that pressure really manifest itself in such an outburst?
Patricia Field has spoken out defending the designer. She said,
"People in fashion all they do is go and see John Galliano theatre every season. That’s what he gives them. To me, this was the same except it wasn’t in a theatre or in a movie. John lives in theatre. It’s theatre. It’s farce. But people in fashion don’t recognise the farce in it. All of a sudden they don’t know him. But it’s OK when it’s Mel Brooks’ ‘The Producers’ singing Springtime for Hitler.”
Do you agree with her, or do you think that what he did is inexcusable?