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A Year After Anti-Semitic Outbursts, Dior Appoints New Designer

French fashion designer Dior named Raf Simons to succeed John Galliano who was fired over a year ago for racist and anti-Semitic outbursts.
By Rachel Hirshfeld
First Publish: 4/15/2012, 2:02 PM

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Dior
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French fashion designer Dior named Raf Simons as chief designer to succeed John Galliano who was fired over a year ago for racist and anti-Semitic outbursts.

Galliano was fired last year after making anti-Semitic slurs at patrons in a Paris bar and was convicted of anti-Semitism, an offense under French law, receiving suspended fines totalling 6,000 euros ($8,400) after the court accepted his argument that he was sorry for his actions.   

The court ordered Galliano to pay a symbolic euro in damages to each of the 
victims and to five anti-racism groups that were plaintiffs in the case. He was also told to pay the associations 16,500 euros in legal costs, AFP reported.

Galliano’s successor will be responsible for Haute Couture, Ready-to-Wear and Women's Accessories, the Paris-based fashion house said in a statement.   

Dior hailed Simons as "one of the biggest contemporary talents", saying that "he will inspire and push into the 21st century the style that Mr Dior launched with the opening of his house and that has changed, since its first collection, the codes of world elegance."