Yesterday played host to a moment in fashion history that will never be forgotten. As 1,200 people pushed their way into a show tent at Paris Fashion Week for the Dior show, a further crowd of fashion devotees pushed against erected steel bars put in place to keep them out.
A buzz of ‘will he-won’t he?’ consumed onlookers, who seemed to be there more for the gossip than the fashion. Since John Galliano’s dismissal earlier this week for his anti-Semitic rant no-one even knew if the Dior show would be taking place. However, yesterday afternoon saw the most controversial show in recent years unravel in tragic form.
As guessed, John Galliano did not appear from behind those magic curtains – instead Sidney Toledano, The president of Christian Dior took to the stage in his place, with a hard-hitting speech. He began by saying, “What has happened over the last week has been a terrible and wrenching ordeal for us all.”
He went on to distance the Dior name even further from recent events by 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 its peoples.”
He also outlined how the sister of the brand’s founder Mr Christian Dior had been sent to a concentration camp during the Holocaust.
The ‘funeral-like’ show was finished by 30 members of Dior studios emerging from backstage to applaud Galliano’s final creations for the fashion house, which were said to be a nod to his signature looks such as barely there chiffon dresses, bow-peep style bows and frills, and accents of velvet.
To add to Galliano’s tragedy his press office has confirmed that his own name collection show has been cancelled and that the collection will be shown in a presentation form. Chances of the designer attending are slim as he has reportedly entered rehab. An invite to the showing of his very last collection is sure to be one of the most coveted in fashion history.