Update: Christian Dior sacks John Galliano; designer headed to rehab
Update, 1st March, 10.20pm: We have just heard that Galliano is now headed for rehab. Suzy Menkes reports that friends and family of the designer have "finally persuaded the troubled designer to go immediately into rehab". Likewise, it appears Galliano won't leave Dior without a fight, with a colleague claiming that he has hired London lawyer Gerrard Tyrrell - the same guy who represented Kate Moss during her drug scandal in 2005.
Christian Dior has fired John Galliano as creative director, following increasing allegations that Galliano made racist and Anti-Semitic remarks at a Paris cafe. The termination is effective immediately, with the label releasing a brief statement saying it was due to the "odious behavior" Galliano displayed in a video which circulated yesterday.
"I condemn most firmly the statements made by John Galliano which are a total contradiction with the essential values that have always been defended by the House of Christian Dior," added Sidney Toledano, Dior's president and CEO.
Meanwhile, the label is said to be waiting for the police to finish their investigation before making any conclusive decision about Galliano's future at Dior. They added that they were attempting to verify the authenticity of the video, however the dismissal came as a second complaint filed against Galliano was made.
The British-born designer joined Dior in 1996, one year after serving as couturier at Givenchy. Dior is expected to go ahead with its ready-to-wear show in Paris this Friday.