The fashion world was rocked when the couturier was fired from his post as head designer at Christian Dior on Tuesday (01Mar11).
His dismissal came after a police probe into allegations the 50 year old hurled racist abuse at two strangers in Paris, France, and was filmed purportedly praising Nazi tyrant Adolf Hitler.
Galliano is now feeling the effects of the controversy - his press office confirms the latest collection for his eponymous label will not be displayed on the catwalk as originally planned for Sunday (06Mar11).
The show has been scrapped in favour of a downgraded "presentation", which Galliano is not expected to attend.
The Christian Dior autumn/winter 2011-12 catwalk show, which featured outfits created under Galliano's supervision, went ahead in the French capital on Friday (04Mar11).
Galliano is facing trial for allegedly hurling racist insults at a couple in a Paris bar last week (24Feb11). A video showing him praising Nazi leader Adolf Hitler in another drunken bar rant emerged shortly after, prompting claims the designer is anti-Jew.
As a result of the drama and it's fall-out, Galliano was fired as head couturier at Christian Dior on Tuesday (01Mar11) - a decision that has split the fashion world.
Chanel boss Karl Lagerfeld slammed Galliano for bringing shame on the industry, while Sex & the City stylist Patricia Field expressed her support for the shamed star.
Now Von Furstenberg has waded into the scandal - she's disgusted by Galliano's offensive remarks, but admits she can't help but feel some sympathy for the disgraced designer.
In an interview on U.S. breakfast show Good Morning America on Thursday (03Mar11), she says, "It is a tragedy. First of all, let me tell you, I'm a Holocaust survivor; my mother, at the age of 20, was in a camp, so clearly, I cannot accept (his comments). I mean, the things that were said by him (are) completely, totally unacceptable.
"Having said that, John, as I know him, is a very sensitive, very fragile person, so I think he was to some degree provoked. I think he was laughed at and he appears... like, at least watching the tape, a child in a cage and trying to do, say things that he doesn't mean to defend himself.
"So definitely what he said is unacceptable, but I also know that he is a totally fragile, loving, wonderful artist and I think that to some degree, he was provoked."
Meanwhile, Lady Gaga, who strutted her stuff on the catwalk for Thierry Mugler's Paris Fashion Week show on Wednesday (02Mar11), is refusing to comment on the drama surrounding Galliano.
When asked by a CNN reporter to comment on the furore, she replies, "Let's skip that question. Let's keep it positive."
And there has been no comment so far from supermodel Kate Moss, who recently revealed she'd chosen Galliano to design her wedding dress for her July (11) nuptials.
Galliano was sacked as head designer at Christian Dior on Tuesday (01Mar11) following a police probe over allegations he abused two strangers in Paris, France, and was filmed praising Nazi tyrant Hitler.
Now, French prosecutors have confirmed they plan to put Galliano on trial for making anti-Semitic remarks.
The news came less than an hour after the designer apologised to fans for the scandal, and denied the allegations against him. He also revealed he's now seeking "help" to address his personal problems.
In a statement issued on Wednesday (02Mar11), Galliano says, "I must take responsibility for the circumstances in which I found myself and for allowing myself to be seen to be behaving in the worst possible light.
"I only have myself to blame and I know that I must face up to my own failures and that I must work hard to gain people's understanding and compassion.
"To start this process I am seeking help and all I can hope for in time is to address the personal failure which led to these circumstances and try and earn people's forgiveness. Anti-Semitism and racism have no part in our society. I unreservedly apologise for my behaviour in causing any offence."
But Galliano is adamant the allegations against him are untrue and his innocence will be proven in due course.
He adds, "I completely deny the claims made against me and have fully co-operated with the police investigation. A number of independent witnesses have given evidence and have told the police that I was subjected to verbal harassment and an unprovoked assault when an individual tried to hit me with a chair, having taken violent exception to my look and my clothing."
The disgraced designer was fired by bosses at Christian Dior on Tuesday (01Mar11) following his arrest for allegedly hurling anti-Semitic and racist abuse at a couple in Paris, France. He was also caught on tape declaring his "love" for Adolf Hitler.
Field is outraged that the fashion world has turned its back on the couturier, and she's offered her support in a message entitled In Praise Of John Galliano, posted on her Facebook.com page.
She writes, "Beauty, intelligence and energy would describe John as I know him. Where in this trilogy could one find hate? I ask you! My second question is... What exactly did he say? And the third is... What is really going on here??"
And in an interview with WWD.com, Field maintains Galliano's behaviour in the video is a "farce".
She adds, "People in fashion all they do is go and see John Galliano theatre every season. That's what he gives them. To me, this was the same except it wasn't in a theatre or in a movie. John lives in theatre. It's theatre. It's farce. But people in fashion don't recognise the farce in it.
"All of a sudden they don't know him. But it's OK when it's Mel Brooks' The Producers singing Springtime for Hitler."
The company's head designer has been under mounting pressure following allegations he abused two strangers in Paris, France and was caught on video talking of his "love" for Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler.
He was suspended by bosses at Christian Dior pending the outcome of a probe by French cops - but on Tuesday (01Mar11) a company spokesman announced Galliano has now been sacked.
Dior's chief executive Sidney Toledano says, "I very firmly condemn what was said by John Galliano, which totally contradicts the essential values that have always been defended by the House of Christian Dior."
The style guru was arrested last week (24Feb11) after he allegedly hurled racist insults at a couple drinking in a Parisian bar.
He was released without charge but was suspended by bosses at fashion house Christian Dior, where he is head designer, while further police investigations took place.
Galliano's lawyer, Stephane Zerbib, denied the claims, and revealed that the star is planning to sue the couple for defamation. But the flamboyant couturier faced further scandal on Monday (28Feb11) with the release of a new video which apparently shows him lashing out at another group of drinkers at the same bar, telling them, "I love Hitler".
Now Best Actress Oscar winner Portman, who is currently the face of Christian Dior's Miss Dior Cherie fragrance, has taken aim at Galliano - insisting she will no longer have anything to do with the shamed designer.
She says in a statement, "I am deeply shocked and disgusted by the video of John Galliano's comments that surfaced today. In light of this video, and as an individual who is proud to be Jewish, I will not be associated with Mr. Galliano in any way. I hope at the very least, these terrible comments remind us to reflect and act upon combating these still-existing prejudices that are the opposite of all that is beautiful."
The designer attended a Paris prosecutor's office on Monday (28Feb11) and denied all the allegations, according to the Associated Press.
The flamboyant couturier was arrested last Thursday (24Feb11) over accusations he hurled insults at two strangers in a Parisian bar.
He was taken to a nearby police station but later released without charge. His lawyer, Stephane Zerbib, went on to blast the couple's claims and Galliano is preparing to sue the pair for defamation after he was suspended by bosses at Christian Dior, where he is head designer.
But the fashion king is now facing further questioning at the Paris public prosecutor's office, where he will meet with authorities on Monday, according to his lawyer.
Zerbib says, "They have to find out the truth. If the public prosecutor's office decides it is an emergency case, things could go very quickly."
Galliano is also facing further scandal following the release of a new video, which apparently shows him lashing out at a group of drinkers in a bar.
In the footage, posted on the website of British newspaper The Sun, Galliano is heard slurring his words as he tells the group: "I love Hitler... People like you would be dead. Your mothers, your forefathers, would all be f**king gassed."
The flamboyant couturier had been drinking at a bar in the French capital on Thursday (24Feb11) and was arrested after reportedly launching a bitter tirade at two strangers, a Jewish woman and an Asian man, who had been sitting at a table nearby, according to local police.
The New York Daily News reports the couple claimed Galliano shouted, "Dirty Jewish face, you should be dead", and, "F**king Asian b**tard, I will kill you".
The 50 year old, head designer for Christian Dior, was taken to a police station for a sobriety test and subsequently released without charge.
But Galliano's lawyer, Stephane Zerbib, has blasted the couple's accusations - he alleges it was the fashion guru who was the victim and he's preparing to sue the pair for defamation.
Zerbib says, "There was an argument. Mr. Galliano was verbally attacked but at no time did he use... insults of a racist or anti-Semitic character. We have witnesses to back up his version of events."
The legal representative is now planning to take the couple to court to clear Galliano's name.
Following his arrest, bosses at Christian Dior suspended Galliano pending the outcome of a police investigation into the incident.
The flamboyant designer was drinking at a bar in the Marais district of the French capital on Thursday (24Feb11) when he began verbally assaulting two strangers sitting on a cafe terrace, according to reports.
Galliano, head designer for Dior, was taken to a police station for a sobriety test. The state prosecutor recommended his release and charges were not filed. Cops later escorted the 50 year old to his home in the city.
Following his arrest, AFP reported that bosses at Dior have suspended Galliano pending the outcome of a police probe into the incident.
It comes just days before the launch of Paris Fashion Week, where couture house Dior's show is one of the main attractions.
The flamboyant designer was drinking at a bar in the Marais district of the French capital when he began verbally assaulting two strangers sitting on a cafe terrace, according to Britain's Guardian newspaper.
Galliano, the head designer of Christian Dior, was taken to a police station for a sobriety test. The state prosecutor recommended his release and charges were not filed. Cops later escorted the 50 year old to his home in the city.
The arrest comes just days before the launch of Paris Fashion Week, where couture house Dior's show is one of the main attractions.