If you thought John Galliano’s days in court were finally over, you were dead wrong.
Between launching his debut collection for Martin Margiela and getting a co-sign from the fashion house’s founder, it seemed as though things were finally looking up for the polarizing designer. However, this week, Galliano announced he will appeal a Paris labor court’s ruling that rejected his claims of wrongful dismissal from Dior and his eponymous label.
You may recall in 2011 when both companies terminated Galliano following his well-publicized anti-Semitic rants and accusations of alcoholism. But the designer insists brand executives were well aware of his addiction struggles and, therefore, were unjust in their decision to fire him.
“I can't let the 17 years I spent and enjoyed at Dior be blackened like this," Galliano said in a court statement, according to WWD. "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. Always more work, always more obligations, always more pressure, a dangerous and pathological spiral, without control.”
Officials from Dior and John Galliano deny they were aware of his pre-existing medical conditions. Lawyers for both companies have dismissed Galliano’s claims as fraudulent, but they’re preparing for yet another case.
“Given the deadlines for the Paris Court of Appeals, the case should be heard in 2017," Galliano's lawyer told WWD.
So it looks like this saga isn't even close to being finished.
[via Fashion Times]