Like most businesses, fashion tends to overlook the moral and ethical dilemmas that can arise on the path to aesthetic beauty. The use of animal fur, the health and labor rights of models and garment workers, and the absence of women of color not only in the pages of magazines, but also in the upper echelons of the corporate fashion world. are just some of the issues industry bigwigs would prefer not to discuss.
But when John Galliano, Dior’s chief creative mind and one of the world’s wealthiest designers, was jailed for an anti-Semitic attack on a couple in a Paris cafe, the fashion world was too shocked to pass up. When a video surfaced of a second verbal attack, in the grand French tradition, Galliano’s head went wrong. With Dior de Galliano’s Spring 2011 collection just hitting stores and Fall 2011 due to arrive later in the year, that puts fashion lovers in a strange place:If you love the job but disapprove of the man behind it, do you still buy the bags?
It’s impossible to know what the exact terms of John Galliano’s PPR contract were, but most high-value employment agreements in any industry include some kind of clause that exempts the employer from having to pay any kind of termination fee or termination fee. separation if the employee acts. in a manner that seriously jeopardizes the company’s public image or reputation. Galliano’s actions are almost certainly an example of something that would fall into that category. So if we’re working under the assumption that Galliano received his last paycheck for his work at Dior and that further purchases from the brand won’t benefit him financially in any way, does that affect his opinion?
Or perhaps the problem is more moral. Does support for a man’s work indicate support for the man himself when everyone knows what kind of man he is, even if there is no direct financial correlation? I find myself wavering between the two options. Dior Spring 2011 and bags likeDior Lady Dior Tie-Dye tote bagit’s some of the brand’s best accessories work since the Dior Saddle Bag heyday, and Dior’s corporate team did the right thing by immediately firing Galliano following the release of the damning video evidence. And in the fashion industry, the lead designers for big brands are often not the people who design and develop the accessories.
But still, every time I see a Dior piece these days, I feel a little pang. That gut reaction may not be fair, but gut responses are never based on a fair and nuanced assessment of the current situation. However, it might be enough to keep you from buying one of Dior’s bags until a new creative director’s job debuts. Will it stop you? If not, you can buy this Lady Dior through Neiman Marcus for $3,100.