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It looks like disgraced Dior Creative Director John Galliano
suing his former employer. And, he's already won the first battle — his preliminary hearing.
This means that Galliano's lawsuit — which concerns the circumstances surrounding his dismissal from Dior in March 2011 after being caught on video in a drunken, anti-Semitic rant — will now proceed to a commercial court.
Dior hasn't commented yet, and neither has Galliano — it's not even clear what's he seeking
from the label. But, thanks to WWD
, we did learn that the designer wore a "skinny-trousered black suit and a black shirt" to the hearing, and we picked up some interesting tidbits about his financial history. Like, for instance...John Galliano received a generous salary from Dior.
His annual salary was 1 million euros (or $1.3 million at the current exchange rate), plus annual bonuses of up to 700,000 euros (or about $906,400) depending on sales figures. It takes a lot of money to maintain those flowing tresses. And that moustache.
Dior gave Galliano a grooming budget of 60,000 euros ($77,700) for public appearances, as well as a clothing allowance of 30,000 euros ($38,850). He was also paid very well at his eponymous brand.
At John Galliano, the designer made 2 million euros ($2.6 million) per year, minus a percentage depending on how much money the house lost. Oh, and he also got an annual clothing budget of 70,000 euros ($90,650).
We wonder if Oscar de la Renta
— whom Galliano is supposedly toiling away for — is as generous.