Dior opposed that decision, sending the case to the Court of Appeals and further delaying what is bound to be a protracted procedure in a cluttered legal jurisdiction.
As reported, Galliano’s lawyer, Chantal Giraud-van Gaver of Coblence & Associés, argued that Galliano was a salaried employee, while Dior maintained that the British fashion maverick was more an independent contractor.
The designer was dismissed in March 2011 after 15 years as the couturier at Dior, following a series of public outbursts during which he uttered racist and anti-Semitic insults in a Paris café. He was also ousted from the fashion house that bears his name.
At his trial on charges of public insult in June 2011, Galliano blamed work-related stress and multiple addictions for his behavior.
On Thursday, the court heard that Galliano earned at least 3.7 million euros, or $5.1 million at current exchange rates, a year plus benefits as the creative director of the Dior and Galliano brands. It is understood he is seeking compensation in the range of 6 million euros, or $8.3 million, for his dismissal.
Giraud-van Gaver said she would argue that Christian Dior Couture failed to meet its obligations under French labor law by not submitting Galliano to a medical test when it established its employment contract with him in 2008, after 12 years of contracting his services through his company, Cheyenne Freedom.
“Galliano was an addict. Everybody knew it and no one did anything about it,” she told the Court of Appeals. “There was no medical visit either at the time he was hired, and no annual or biannual check-ups after that.”
Jean Néret of Jeantet Associés, the lawyer for Christian Dior Couture and John Galliano SA, told the court that Christian Dior Couture agreed in a letter dated Sept. 26, 2008, to grant Galliano an open-ended contract as artistic director of Dior, but that Galliano never signed the proposed contract.
“Azzedine has been one of the biggest influences in my life. He has always been such a strong, loving, fatherly figure to me. I call him Papa. His designs are indescribably unique, they are pieces of art. He knew how to make the female form look its loveliest. I have so many memories of him; my favorite might be during my first show with him in Paris. He liked me and he wanted to help me get more work. He called all his friends at Kenzo and Comme des Garcons, and asked them to book me. They said, ‘But she can’t walk!’ And he said, ‘but she has such a great ass!' His friendship and support has been the great privilege of my career. I can't imagine life without him. Repose en paix mon Papa.” - @stephanieseymour tells @wwd. #wwdfashion (📷: @steveeichner) #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa, flanked by two of his closest friends, models Stephanie Seymour and Naomi Campbell.
He designed Seymour’s dress for her 1995 wedding to Peter Brant, and treated Campbell (who famously called him Papa), like a daughter. For more on the legendary designer, tap the link in bio. #wwdfashion #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa's “I-did-it-my-way” ethos stood out starkly at a time when brands are experimenting with consumer-facing fashion shows, coed formats and trans-seasonal collections – anything to perk up lackluster sales of ready-to-wear in an age of Insta-everything. “It’s not creation anymore. This becomes a purely industrial approach,” the late designer told WWD in an interview last year. “But anyway, the rhythm of collections is so stupid. It’s unsustainable. There are too many collections.” Read more about the iconic designer’s life and work on wwd.com, link in bio. #wwdfashion #azzedinealaia (📷: @WWD Archive, 1986) #alaia
Sneaker reselling app @goat’s latest exhibit, "The Greatest: New York," tells the story of New York's sneaker culture. To celebrate the exhibit, an intimate crowd gathered on Thursday night at the pop-up gallery space, located at Platform in Culver City, to hear guest speaker and illustrator @esymai talk about her own rise in streetwear and women in the business. "For me I'm just someone who is creative. I like to create things," said Chang. #wwdfashion
Azzedine Alaïa, one of the most iconic couturiers of the modern era whose body-con designs defined Eighties fashion, has died in Paris. The diminutive Tunisian-born designer, known for his structured knitted dresses with fitted waists and impeccably cut, figure-hugging second skin silhouettes was deeply admired by his peers, and counted supermodel Naomi Campbell - his adoptive daughter - among his inner circle, one of a gang of glamazons including Farida Khelfa, Carla Bruni and Stephanie Seymour who became ambassadors of his style. (📷: Alexandre Guirkinger) #wwdblast