Racism-row Galliano was due here for model Faye's big Dublin fashion show

Melanie Finn

SHAMED fashion designer John Galliano (50) was lined up to take part in Faye Dinsmore's Most Influential In Fashion Awards in Dublin, the Herald can reveal.

But plans for him to judge one of the categories were scuppered following his alleged anti-semitic rant at a couple in a Paris cafe last month.

He was sacked as Dior's creative director and will go before a court on May 12 after being charged with making racist remarks, a crime in France punishable by up to six months in prison and a fine of up to €22,500.

According to Faye (23), he was going to help judge the Irish Designers category of the awards, which take place in the Mansion House on Thursday.

"I had Galliano before he made his racist rant. He's also represented by my agency, IMG. They don't just look after models, it's also an international talent group," she said.

"He was going to judge the category of major Irish designers. If you're having someone judge people like John Rocha and Paul Costelloe, you need someone big like Galliano.

"But now we're not including it as a category at all. We do have Karen Millen coming in and she's going to judge the New Irish Designer category."

She added: "I do think he's going to come back. Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell have sent him off on his rehab stint and I think it will be like the way Kate was sent away and she came back, and she's bigger than ever."

Speaking about her inaugural fashion event next week, which has seen some of the tickets with a hefty €149 price tag snapped up, she said: "I'm excited and nervous about it. There's been so much to do."

More than 30,000 fashion fans have been voting through her popular blog over the past few months for their favourite designers, photographers, stylists and models.

She insists that she didn't find it hard to shift the more pricey tickets. "No, not at all. The interest in the event has been huge," she added.

And she also revealed that she will be attending the Peter Mark VIP Style Awards tonight.

"I wasn't going to go, but Michael (O'Doherty) asked me to attend a couple of days ago, so I'm looking forward to that. There was all this talk that I was organising a rival event, but that's not true at all. They're very different events," she added.