The French label presents their Fall/Winter 2011 collection without their head designer in the wake of his anti-semitic comments.
The show did go on in Paris March 4, as Christian Dior presented their Fall/Winter 2011 collection, without designer John Galliano in the aftermath of his alleged anti-semitic rant. The show opened with Dior CEO Sidney Toledano addressing the crowd, saying: “It has been deeply painful to see the Dior name associated with the disgraceful statements attributed to its designer, however brilliant he may be. Such statements are intolerable because of our collective duty to never forget the Holocaust and its victims, and because of the respect for human dignity that is owed to each person and to all peoples.”
From there the models took to the runway, most of them in signature Galliano looks. Opening girl Karlie Kloss in a large cape and knee-high boots and Magdalena Frackowiak in a sheer black dress were clear creations from the mind of the disgraced designer, while a strapless feathered dress on Jessica Stam and long evening dress on Frida Gustavsson seemed somewhat out of place and perhaps unfinished.
The normally celeb-filled show was the exact opposite and the mood somber according to reports. After the models made their final walk, the white-coated workers of the atelier took a bow, bringing the audience to its feet. Photos of the large group gathered on the runway were very touching and almost made one wonder why this doesn’t happen more.
This will not be the final Galliano show of week, as his eponymous line will show on Sunday, though it has been downgraded to a simple presentation. It is unknown if he will be present.