Paris, France (CNS) – High fashion label Dior celebrated the workers behind their brand name at the Christian Dior Fall 2011 fashion show at the Rodin Museum in Paris Friday. Instead of former chief designer John Galliano gracing the runway after the presentation, the French fashion house decided to do a tribute for the “petites mains,” or little hands behind the show.
For 15 years, Galliano took the stage after his masterpieces were showcased on the catwalk. But after the past few weeks’ events, in which Galliano was accused of making anti-Semitic remarks on two occasions, one of which had been caught on tape, the fashion label took the humbling route and gave thanks to their team of crafters.
The show opened with Dior CEO Sidney Toledano, addressing the crowd in a speech, obtained by New York Times. He described the firing of Galliano a “terrible and wrenching ordeal for us all.”
He said, “What has happened over the last week has been a terrible and wrenching ordeal to us all. 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 people.”
“These statements have deeply shocked and saddened all at Dior who give body and soul to their work, and it is particularly painful that they came from someone so admired for his remarkable creative talent.”
Instead of the flamboyant designer strutting down the runway, the show ended with its seamstresses and craftsmen in white working coats.
The show was met with a standing ovation.
Dior fired Galliano last week upon watching the mentioned tape, wherein the disgraced designer slurred through his words, uttering “I love Hitler” in what seemed to be a drunken tirade.
Meanwhile, Galliano downgraded from a full-blown runway show to a mere presentation for buyers and journalists. His eponymous own collection will still keep its schedule on Sunday, although the fashion show has been scrapped in favor of a presentation. He is not expected to attend, a source told the AFP.