Natalie Portman Switches Dior For Rodarte At Oscars
Despite being an ambassador for Dior and the new face of the Miss Dior Cherie fragrance, Portman made a huge statement by switching dresses last minute. She has been a huge supporter of Rodarte (the fashion brand of SoCal designers Kate and Laura Mulleavey) since the very beginning of their career, and Rodarte was the designer behind the stunning costumes in "Black Swan," for which Portman won the Best Actress accolade.
However, Portman's choice was most likely a reaction to the recent allegations against John Galliano, of publicly spewing anti-Semitic remarks. By opting to wear Rodarte, the actress allowed the critics to focus on the fashion and the film, side-stepping the alleged issues behind the dress.
John Galliano, the 14-year creative director for the house of Christian Dior, was arrested on Thursday night following a conversation that he initiated over dinner with a couple who was seated at a nearby table.
According to reports, a male of Asian descent had called Galliano "ugly, and disgusting." Galliano reportedly responded by remarking that the man's wife, who is Jewish, was "hideous, with a dirty Jewish face." The couple then called the police, accusing Galliano of making anti-Semitic remarks.
Galliano’s lawyer, Stéphane Zerbib, states that "There was never the slightest comment of a racist or anti-Semitic connotation.” Galliano has since been suspended at Christian Dior. The fashion house states that it has no tolerance for racist remarks, and will allow Galliano to return upon further police investigation.
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