Christian Dior John Galliano Fall 2011Fashion show

The Dior staff taking their bow. Chris Moore, Catwalking / Getty Images

John Galliano was, of course, absent from the Christian Dior Fall 2011 fashion show, held today at the Rodin Museum in Paris. The collection turned out to be the designer's last for the iconic French label, after his recent public, anti-semitic rant and subsequent dismissal.

But the show did go on--with a couple of non-traditional twists. Opening the show was Dior CEO, Sidney Toledano, who addressed the audience in French. According to the New York Times' Cathy Horyn, he read from a written solemnly from a written statement.

"Since its founding by Monsieur Dior, the House of Christian Dior has lived an extraordinary and wonderful story and has had the honor of embodying France's image, and its values, all around the world," he said.

"What has happened over the last week has been a terrible and wrenching ordeal to us all. It has been deeply painful to see the Dior name associated with the disgraceful statements attributed to its designer, however brilliant he may be. Such statements are intolerable because of our collective duty to never forget the Holocaust and its victims, and because of the respect for human dignity that is owed to each person and to all peoples. These statements have deeply shocked and saddened all at Dior who give body and soul to their work, and it is particularly painful that they came from someone so admired for his remarkable creative talent."

At the show's close, instead of the flamboyant Galliano's usual lengthy and strut down the runway, the atelier's huge team of master crafters -- seamstresses, pattern makers, and the like -- crowded onto the runway in their white lab coats. The craftspeople had, after all, finished the collection in the frenetic last week before the show without their former leader--no easy feat.

Galliano still plans to show his namesake label on Sunday, though he's downgraded it from a runway event to a smaller presentation. There's still no word on whether the scandalized designer will make an appearance at that showing. Stay tuned.

See our recent coverage of the story for more scoop.


Christian Dior John Galliano Fall 2011 Fashion Show

Three looks from Christian Dior Fall 2011 collection. Chris Moore, Catwalking / Getty Images