Galliano in ‘I love Hitler’ video as Oscar dress slated
Video of John Galliano anti-Semitic rant comes as Nicole Kidman’s Dior dress gets thumbs down
John Galliano, who is facing court action over his alleged anti-Semitic rant against a couple in a Paris bar last week, received more bad news last night. This time it was from Hollywood, where Nicole Kidman drew widespread disapproval for her Christian Dior-designed Oscar night outfit.
Galliano was suspended as chief designer at Dior on Friday after news broke of the fracas. But Kidman still chose to wear the white, oriental-style dress on the red carpet.
Fashion writers of the British press were united in their disdain for the gown, with the Daily Telegraph writing: "The whole look came off as a personality crisis in motion and the usually reliable red carpet queen looked like she knew it."
The Daily Mail, meanwhile, found the "colour was far too bridal and the embellishment dated and ageing". And the Sun said Kidman "managed to make herself look twice as wide in a criss-cross cut Dior dress (hello hips) and finished the car crash look with a pair of bizarre orange shoes".
Meanwhile, Natalie Portman, who as spokesperson for Parfums Christian Dior, was expected to wear a Dior dress, turned up instead in a well-received outfit by Rodarte - and beat Kidman to the best actress Oscar.
Back in Paris, Galliano has launched a defamation suit against his alleged victims, art historian Geraldine Bloch and her partner.
The couple claim Galliano shouted at Bloch: "Dirty Jew face, you should be dead... shut your mouth, dirty bitch, I can't stand your dirty whore voice." He is alleged to have said she was wearing cheap thigh boots and called Bloch's partner an "Asian bastard".
But Galliano's lawyer denies his client made racist or anti-Semitic comments. According to the Daily Telegraph, Galliano told the gendarmes: "She started to talking to me in an aggressive manner while insulting me. Something like, 'Why don't you dress women like me?' I replied that I dressed all women and then she started mocking my look in a nasty way."
Galliano's case will not have been helped by the Sun's publication today of a video of the designer spouting anti-Semitic abuse on another occasion in the same cafe.
In the video, the designer can be heard slurring at a group: "I love Hitler... People like you would be dead. Your mothers, your forefathers, would all be fucking gassed." ·
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