When John Galliano was fired from his creative director position at Christian Dior, we thought it was the first and last repercussion following his alcohol-laden anti-Semitic rant last year. As it turns out, there’s an aftershock to his gargantuan misstep. Giving Galliano a second round of major admonishment is French president François Hollande, who recently took back the Chevalier of the Legion of Honor award that was given to the designer in 2010.
According to Women’s Wear Daily, it was the country’s official journal that announced the revocation. The report furthered that such decision was made after his, again, racist remarks. This follow-up blow must not be doing the designer good, given that it has been more than a year since the incident happened. As if preventing the world from forgeting Galliano’s mistake, we can’t help but wonder why this decision came startlingly late.
Although we can never agree with discrimination of any form, he did admit that he was a recovering alcoholic and addict at the time. With no news of Galliano’s rehab progress, we can only hope that this public—and global—shaming won’t send him on a downward spiral.
The accolade, which is given to individuals who has rendered worthy services to France, is also carried by several fashion personalities. Yves Saint Laurent, Hubert de Givenchy, Marc Jacobs and Anna Wintour are some of the individuals proudly carrying the recognition.