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John Galliano loses unfair dismissal case against Dior

The designer's attempt to sue his former employer for neglecting its duty of care to him has been thrown out of court

By Kate Guest | Published: 5 Nov 2014

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Designer John Galliano has lost his unfair dismissal claim against Dior. A French court yesterday threw out the case and ordered Galliano to pay a token €1 to both Christian Dior and the John Galliano labels, WWD reported.

Galliano had attempted to sue his former employer for damages of between €2.4m and €13million (approximately RM10m – RM55million) after he was sacked from his role as creative director in 2011 following an alcohol and drug-fuelled public meltdown that led to racism and anti-Semitism charges being brought against him.

The designer, who was in court to hear the verdict, asserted that Dior and parent company LVMH knew about his addictions and had a duty of care to him that they neglected. "The two companies were fully aware of my state. I took Valium so I could get through fittings," he said. "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 realise that this success, multiplying its sales by four, came at a destructive and exorbitant cost: my physical and mental health. Always more work, always more obligations, always more pressure. A dangerous and pathological spiral, without control." Galliano's lawyer, Chantal Giraud-van Gaver said she would be recommending her client appeal the verdict.

After a three-year hiatus from the fashion industry, in October it was announced that Galliano would return to helm avant-garde label Maison Martin Margiela. His first collection is expected to be haute couture in January 2015. With his legal woes now behind him, barring an appeal, let's hope Galliano can return to doing what he does best – wowing us all with his creative force.

Related: John Galliano plans to bring former contributors to Maison Martin Margiela


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