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John Galliano: Rise and fall of a great designer

John Galliano

The name Juan Carlos Antonio Galliano Guillen may not sound familiar to you, but we are sure that if we mention him by his artistic name, John Galliano, you will immediately remember this Gibraltar born British designer who, until a few days ago, was the head designer for the famous Paris based Christian Dior firm, for whom he had been presenting its works since 1996. An almost 15 year old relationship that Dior has put an end to on March 1st, when it decided to fire Galliano.
It all has to do with 2 incidents that took place in Paris. On February 27th, Galliano was arrested at Café La Perle, for allegedly assaulting a couple and insulting them with anti-semitic remarks. The designer´s representatives denied the charges. Dior just suspended Galliano then, until a recording of him revealed by the sensationalist newspaper The Sun  showed him days before the incident making other anti-semitic remarks (using very strong language and including the phrase “I love Hitler”). This not only caused Galliano´s definitive dismissal but the decision of France public prosecutors to fill criminal charges against him.
Expectation grew increasingly the following days, not for Galliano´s faith, but for who would be his substitute at Dior. Jean Paul Gaultier, Nicolas Ghesquire, Peter Copping and Roland Mouret  had been mentioned as candidates for the post, but it eventually went to Riccardo Tisci, Givenchy´s head artistic director, the same position held by Galliano before joining Dior. There might be tough times for the French fashion firm, yet tougher for John Galliano who, in addition to having lost his job,  is facing an up to six months prison term and a considerable fine (up to 22,500 euros).

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