PARIS (Reuters) - Fashion designer John Galliano, fired from French couture house Dior in 2011 after an anti-Semitic outburst in public, has begun wrongful dismissal proceedings against his former employer.
Galliano, a talented and theatrical designer once at the top of the fashion world, will argue that he was fired “without real and serious cause,” his lawyer, Chantal Giraud-van Gaver, told Reuters.
The court will not hear the case before October or November, Giraud-van Gaver added.
The once-stellar career of Galliano, 52, went south after the British designer was caught on camera making anti-Semitic remarks in a Paris cafe in 2011. A French court handed out a 6,000-euro suspended fine to Galliano in 2011 after he was found guilty of anti-Semitic behaviour.
He has since apologised and last month issued a statement in which he said he has been in recovery from alcoholism for the past two years.
In January, Galliano did a three-week residency with Oscar de la Renta’s New York studio before New York Fashion Week.
Giraud-van Gaver disputed that her client was seeking 15 million euros in damages, as some media have reported. She said Galliano was seeking damages, but would not specify a number.
LVMH have declined to comment on the case.
Reporting By Chine Labbe. Writing by Alexandria Sage