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