‘ Gal­liano’s work proves he’s not racist’

Townsville Bulletin - - The Goss -

DE­SIGNER John Gal­liano’s work is proof that he is any­thing but a racist, his fel­low cou­turier Jean Paul Gaultier said in de­fence of the dis­graced for­mer chief de­signer at Chris­tian Dior.

‘‘ It’s sad, be­cause he was an enor­mous tal­ent,’’ Gaultier told a small group of jour­nal­ists af­ter he pre­sented his fall-win­ter pret-a-porter col­lec­tion as part of the on­go­ing Paris Fash­ion Week.

‘‘ Ev­ery­thing he has done has not re­vealed some­one who is racist – quite to the con­trary,’’ he said, al­lud­ing to the many Gal­liano col­lec­tions that drew inspiration from the four corners of the world.

Dior fired Gal­liano, 50, who was chief de­signer at the firm for 15 years, last Tues­day amid al­le­ga­tions he made racist and anti-Semitic re­marks while ap­par­ently drunk at a chic cafe in a his­tor­i­cally Jewish district in Paris. Gal­liano, whose the­atri­cal flair in­formed both his de­signs and his life, apol­o­gised through his lawyers for his con­duct, but de­nied be­ing anti-Semitic, as he re­port­edly sought help at a sub­stance abuse clinic in the United States.

John Gal­liano

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