Yesterday Paris court has issued a guilty verdict on John Galliano. The punishment, as expected is rather symbolic – 6000 euro. John Galliano now is officially convicted by court in a hate crime and will bear a criminal record for the rest of his life.
The loudest fashion scandal of 2011 is now over. It began in late February of this year, when John Galliano has been arrested for anti-Semitic accusations spoken while drunk in Paris bar in the midst of Paris Fashion Week. The arrest would not have been so unusual if not Galliano had been fired by the House of Dior, subsidiary of LVMH the following night. The act followed by the video leak where John is taped in a drunk state yet in another bar where he clearly favours Hitler. Galliano’s black stripe of events continued with him being removed as a lead designer from “John Galliano” fashion brand, also owned by LVMH as part of Dior suite. The one day trial took place on June 22 where the details of the event were discussed including detailed analysis of Galliano’s childhood, early years as designer, his private life and his recent career.
John Galliano scandal is one of the loudest in the fashion history and the most covered by press in the history of modern media. The amateur video that became a grand evidence of true Galliano’s beliefs has been watched over 1 million times. There is no fashion magazine or blog that didn’t cover the event as it progressed over the course of past 7 months.
While there are few popular fashion figures such as top model Kate Moss and Voque Editor Anna Wintour, who came to defence and support the disreputable designer, the shade of shame will be hanging over his name for a while. By most part this is because he has yet to admit his wrongdoing, to apologize or to demonstrate sorrow for the things he said on public about Asians and Jews. One would think that logical way to rebuild reputation is to spend time with related charities, accept interview invites or do at least something. Until any of this happens, John Galliano page in now part of history in fashion world.