Disgraced designer John Galliano has had his Legion of Honour award revoked by French president François Hollande
Disgraced designer John Galliano has had his Legion of Honour award revoked by French president François Hollande a year after he was convicted of making racist and anti-Semitic remarks.
According to WWD, the designer was stripped of the French accolade – awarded to him for his service to French couture by President Nicolas Sarkozy in 2009 – last week, a further ramification of his fall from grace after a drunken anti-Semitic rant at a Parisian cafe in February 2011, which saw the designer ousted from his own label and his role as creative director at Christian Dior.
Galliano entered a rehabilitation programme and was found guilty of making racist and anti-Semitic comments by a Paris court in September 2011, and outraged many in the fashion and celebrity spheres, including Jewish Dior face Natalie Portman, who said she was ‘shocked’ and ‘disgusted’ by the designer’s remarks and refused to be associated with him in any way.
Not all in the fashion world have shunned Galliano, however; he designed pal Kate Moss‘ vintage-looking chiffon wedding dress for her July 2011 wedding to rocker Jamie Hince, and he was recently spotted having lunch at the Ritz in Paris with Anna Wintour during Couture Week in July 2012.