French fashion house Christian Dior has presented its latest catwalk collection at Paris Fashion week without star designer John Galliano.
The British couturier was fired earlier this week after an alleged anti-Semitic outburst in a Parisian bar.
Dior chief, Sidney Toledano said: ‘‘Everyone at Dior who put their heart and soul into his work is stunned and saddened by these unspeakable words.”
The company was quick to part ways with Galliano but was initially torn over whether to cancel or continue the catwalk event.
In the end the possible loss of a season’s worth of orders appears to have been the deciding factor. Breaking with custom, Dior’s design team were given the honour to bow at the end of the show.
‘‘What is sublime is that those people started crying and in the audience as well,’‘ one spectator said.
Despite the controversy, some defended Galliano. Russian model Natalia Vodianova said: ‘‘John is under the influence of a disease that’s beyond his power. I’ve met people under the influence of alcohol doing monstrous things before and I never took it personally.’‘
Galliano, who could face a trial over the alleged racist remarks, has apologised, but has strongly denied he is anti-Semitic.