Natalie Portman has had a wonderful and productive week thus far. She’s won an Oscar for Best Actress in Black Swan, she’s continued to carry the unborn fetus in her belly, and now she’s released a statement regarding John Galliano’s anti-Semitic rant. And it’s only Wednesday!
“I am deeply shocked and disgusted by the video of John Galliano’s comments that surfaced today,” Portman said regarding this clip circulating on the web.”In light of this video, and as an individual who is proud to be Jewish, I will not be associated with Mr. Galliano in any way.”
What does one Portman have to do with the other Galliano, you may ask? The New York Times reports that Portman had initially considered a Galliano-designed Dior dress for the Academy Awards, but after having heard about the magician/designer’s drunken admission of his love for Hitler, she decided to wear a Rodarte gown instead. [Incidentally, we heard the Rodarte sisters once admitting "to simply adoring Pol Pot."]
Furthermore, Portman has recently signed an endorsement deal with Dior for its Miss Dior Chérie perfume so she’s technically an employee of the company, and so her opinion is exponentially valid.
This is where it gets interesting, though. According to the Dior Wikipedia entry,
“In 1942, having left the Army, Christian Dior joined the fashion house of Lucien Lelong, where he and Pierre Balmain were the primary designers. For the duration of World War II, Christian Dior dressed the wives of the Nazi officers and French collaborators.”
Oh, snap! You can probably see why the House of Dior is so sensitive about the whole Hitler thing now, right? I mean, had John Galliano said he loved Hitler and he was designing for, let’s say, Tommy Hilfiger, this would have all blown over drowned out by the Charlie Sheen Crazy Tour 2011. But sadly Galliano was working for a company founded by a guy who coincidentally loved Hitler, too.
But, let us not take this whole scenario as a sign that the fashion world has developed a conscience. This couldn’t be further from the truth. It does appear, though, that one thing remains taboo right now and that’s getting too Hitlery when your company is trying to unHitlerfy itself. It’s a simple rule. Employees of Volkswagen, take note.