Galliano’s Former Salary Revealed In Lawsuit Against Christian Dior

As John Galliano toils away in the midtown atelier of Oscar de la Renta and readies for a comeback in New York City, his legal battles continue back in Paris.

As was scantily reported back in August, the disgraced designer is suing former employers Christian Dior Couture and John Galliano in an employer/employee dispute claim. Yesterday was the first we’ve heard of the litigation since then, in a WWD piece that reports that Galliano and his lawyer, Chantal Giraud-van Gaver, have won a small preliminary victory in the case.

Paris’ Conseil de prud’hommes, or Labor Relations Court, agreed yesterday that it was qualified to hear the plaintiff’s arguments, despite Christian Dior Couture and John Galliano’s counter-argument that the case should be tried in commercial court because of the complicated nature of the designer’s contracts with both houses. So what exactly did these contracts — abruptly terminated in March 2011 following Galliano’s racist, public rant — entail? Let’s break it down:

At Christian Dior Couture, where he was creative director for 15 years:

  • Fixed gross annual salary of 1 million euros, or $1.3 million at current exchange.
  • Variable compensation of up to 700,000 euros, or $906,400, plus a percentage tied to the annual sales rise.
  • Annual clothing budget of 30,000 euros, or $38,850.
  • Grooming budget of 60,000 euros, or $77,700.

At John Galliano, the eponymous label that he founded in 1984:

  • Fixed gross salary of 2 million euros, or $2.6 million.
  • Percentage tied to the decrease in annual losses (the house was consistently in the red).
  • An annual clothing budget of 70,000 euros, or $90,650.

Galliano also earned “hefty fees” via consultancies through his own company, Cheyenne Freedom, for projects like ad campaigns, runway shows, and websites.


According to WWD‘s report, the designer’s suit against his former employers could end being drawn out for years if it is caught in the appeals process, so, in the meantime, we’ll be watching Galliano’s career with more curiosity than ever.


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