The British fashion designer, John Galliano is to stand trial for the anti-semetic comments he made towards a couple in a Parisian cafe earlier this week. The 'eccentric Englishman' is to face allegations of 'public insults based on origin, religious affiliation, race or ethnicity'.
Born in Gibralter to a Spanish mother and brought up in South London, Galliano has always credited his multi-cultural roots as being the stem of his creativity. Graduating from Central St.Martins with a 1st class degree in fashion design, his first show was at Paris Fashion Week in 1989 ; 22 years later at AW11 Paris Fashion event, his Galliano showcase could be slated.
Galliano has been titled British designer of the year in 1987, 1994 and 1995 and was awarded a CBE in 2001. His clientele range from Noami Campbell to Helena Christenen with the designer rumoured to be making Kate Moss' wedding dress for her upcoming nuptials. His first show was entitled French Revolution and gained the attention of model muses and magazine editor's alike. The avant garde collections and theatrical catwalk showcases have taken the high end fashion world by storm. In 2011, Galliano produces 17 collections per year from ready-to-wear and haute couture Dior and Galliano lines to Galliano Homme, Kids, Accessories, Fine jewellery, Watches, Shoes and Bags. At Paris Fashion Week in September 2010, Galliano was still very much part of his own show, yet as the balloons started to cascade, had the bubble finally burst?
The death of close friend, collaborator, confident and right-hand-man Steven Robinson in 2007 from a heart attack has meant the past few years for John, both personally and professionally, have been difficult. Robinson, 38, had started as an intern at Galliano at 17 with the chief job of selecting buttons. At the time of his death he was the Head of Studio at both Dior and Galliano. The SS08 collection was a fitting tribute and the couture was choreographed beautifully as a remembrance.
Cathy Haryn of New York Times reflected at the showcase, "John balances a big world, he works in a very commercial buisness; both Dior and Galliano. He's a romantic and sensitive person, he's very close to people around him."
Dior Ambassador and Jewish Actress Natalie Portman has revealed her disgust towards Galliano's behaviour stating, "In light of this video, and as an individual who is proud to be Jewish, I will not be associated with Mr. Galliano in any way." Portman's great-grandparents died at the Nazi concentration camp, Auschwitz. The Black Swan Actress has since revealed that she has severed all ties with the Dior brand, as it was sourced that Christian's niece, Francoise Dior was married to British Nazi Colin Jordan.
Galliano is known as both a brand and persona as being avant-garde, eccentric and theatrical, often being said to have broken the rules and then rewritten them. It may seem that the theatrical designer may not be able to cope with the drama that his French Revolution: Part Deux has caused.