By  on May 20, 2008

John Galliano in Savannah, Georgia? If the idea of the Parisian couturier and all-around over-the-top character in the Deep South seemed unlikely — well, it almost happened.

Galliano was scheduled to accept the Savannah College of Art and Design's André Leon Talley Lifetime Achievement Award Saturday night at the school's annual graduate fashion show, but he canceled at the last minute. It was during a lunch for press, designers and other SCAD guests, held Saturday afternoon at college president Paula S. Wallace's home, that word spread that the designer would not make the trip. The rumor was confirmed later in the day in a statement released by Olivier Bialobos, vice president of press and international public relations for Christian Dior. "John Galliano became ill last night and is not able to travel today to Savannah," the statement read. The news was quite a shock, since, when it broke, Galliano was thought to be en route with Talley.

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