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What Happened at the Dior Show

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"This has been a public-relations nightmare for Dior, as well as an emotional and stressful ordeal for employees of the house and its chief executive, Sidney Toledano. Typically, a Dior show would be an occasion for a mob scene at the front gates, celebrities filling front-row seats, and the arrival of Bernard Arnault, the chairman of LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, with his wife, Hélène. But there was nothing typical about this day in fashion. The scene outside the entrance to the Musée Rodin was beyond a mob scene; I would say more than 300 people were there, along with extra French police officers. More than a few guests remarked, perhaps with a touch of black humor, that it felt that they were arriving for a funeral. The mood was rather somber and tense, and yet, as people knew, they were coming to a fashion show—in a tent behind the museum." At the end, instead of Galliano, the atelier came onto the runway to take a bow. Poignant. [On the Runway]