On Tuesday, Nov. 4, John Galliano, the creative director of Maison Martin Margiela, lost his unfair dismissal lawsuit against his two former employers: Christian Dior SA and John Galliano SA. Galliano was fired from Dior and his namesake label — both owned by LVMH — after his public, anti-Semitic and racist rant in Paris in 2011.
Back in 2013, Galliano thought he was winning the suit after a French court ruled in his favor, moving the trial to a labor court instead of a commercial court. But according to WWD, at a hearing Tuesday, the French labor court ruled against Galliano, who was asking both parties for damages from $3 million to $16.3 million. Galliano now owes each winning party one symbolic euro — approximately $1.26 — each because of the ruling.
Fashionista reports Galliano claimed that both employers were completely knowledgable of his debilitating addiction to prescription drugs and alcohol.
"The two companies were fully aware of my state," Galliano said in French during the two-hour-long hearing, according to WWD. "I took Valium so I could get through fittings."
The designer also blamed professional pressures within both companies for the addiction that led to his downward spiral.
"I can't let the 17 years I spent and enjoyed at Dior be blackened like this. During these years as creative director of this house, I did not realize that its success, multiplying its sales by four, came at a destructive and exorbitant cost: my physical and mental health," Galliano also said, while reading from a pre-prepared statement. "Always more work, always more obligations, always more pressure, a dangerous and pathological spiral, without control."
Earlier this year, WWD announced that Galliano would be taking over creative direction of fashion house Maison Martin Margiela. Check out this video from the Maison Martin Margiela spring/summer 2015 Defilé show:
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