In 2009 Galliano won France's top honor in fashion (a medal) the Legion d'Honneur recognizing his work in haute couture. It's an award that is given out by the French government.
He was artistic director at Dior when he was charged and then convicted for insulting a Jewish woman in public at a bar. Although he blamed his behaviour on being drunk, many felt the alcohol was no excuse for his outburst.
The British designer, who was once celebrated in the fashion industry has maintained a low profile since the incident.