Is fashion to blame for John Galliano's ugly behavior?
Milan and New York have their fashion moments, but Paris still sets the standard. For much of the past decade, the highlights of every fashion week in the French capital have come from two British wunderkinds.
No one has consistently presented more amazing shows than John Galliano and Alexander McQueen. I was fortunate to see several shows by both designers — McQueen often showed wildly imaginative collections in arenas far from the Louvre, where many shows are held, while Galliano created lavish collections for Christian Dior with sets worthy of a Broadway blockbuster, along with quirkier shows featuring his namesake line (one included farm animals) — and they never ceased to amaze with their sheer beauty and sense of theatricality.
But neither designer was able to cope with his demons and, as a result, fashion has lost much of its magic.
Galliano was dismissed from his job as creative director at Dior Tuesday, following a drunken, anti-Semitic rant at a Paris bar and the release of a video in which he said, "I love Hitler." His dismissal comes a little over a year after McQueen committed suicide and a few days before Galliano's fall collection for DIor is to be shown in Paris.