Fashion forgives John Galliano: Disgraced designer returns to the industry
Couturier sacked by Dior for making anti-Semitic remarks takes temporary job at Oscar de la Renta
After the drunken outburst that led to his dismissal from Christian Dior two years ago, many predicted that designer John Galliano would never work in fashion again.
But it was today reported that he will make a comeback during the New York shows next month, as part of a three-week residency at the studios of Oscar de la Renta, having received treatment for his alcoholism.
“I am a great admirer of [John’s] talent,” the American designer told Women’s Wear Daily. “He has worked long and hard on his recovery and I am happy to give him the opportunity to re-immerse himself in the world of fashion.”
It’s a brave move on the part of de la Renta, given the remarks that Galliano made and the world’s reaction to them. In amateur video footage, which appeared to show him drunk in a Parisian café, the designer told a nearby Jewish patron: “I love Hitler…People like you would be dead.”
Within three days of the video surfacing online, Galliano had been suspended from his role of creative director at Dior just days ahead of the label’s autumn 2011 show, and his comments condemned by the face of the brand, the actress Natalie Portman. An official dismissal swiftly followed and, after that, arrest, a trial for “public insult” and a fine of £5,000.
Since then, little has been heard or seen of the designer once touted as the brightest and boldest working in the arena. Though the industry was quick to disassociate itself after the scandal, there were those – including shoe designer Manolo Blahnik and US Vogue’s creative director Grace Coddington – who mourned the absence of the man who had been at its forefront for 15 years.
“I have been in recovery for two years,” Galliano told reporters after the announcement today. “I am grateful to Oscar beyond words for inviting me to spend time with him in the familiar surroundings of a design studio.”
Work-wise, de la Renta’s label is a fitting place for Galliano to start again; the two men’s vision is similarly opulent and romantic. Both excel in presenting a nostalgic vision of femininity that is more fairytale than it is fashion, in hoop-skirted gowns and sinuous silks.
Reaction in the industry and more widely on social media suggested that Galliano’s return was welcomed by many – now that he has done his period of penury.
Life & Style blogs
Who is Teresa Fidalgo? Debunking the fake ghost story that's got Instagram spooked
Geeks who rocked the world: Documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry
Ukip's official health spokesperson: 'Honestly, I have no experience in health whatsoever'
Deliberately urinating before sex can increase risk of urinary tract infections
Doctors to trial 29-point checklist for elderly patients facing 'unavoidable' death
- 1 The truth about 'girl things': Three cheers for Heather Watson's honesty
- 2 Man who held up 'hire me' sign at Waterloo station returns a year later with 'I'm hiring' sign
- 3 Saudi preacher who 'raped and tortured' his five -year-old daughter to death is released after paying 'blood money'
- 4 Tennis fan suing Australian Open organisers for 'failing to shade spectators' during Murray match
- 5 Syrian refugee child beaten by Istanbul Burger King manager for eating customer’s leftover food
Excellent Salary : Austen Lloyd: OXFORD - REGIONAL FIRM - An excellent opportu...
Super Package: Austen Lloyd: BRISTOL - SENIOR CLINICAL NEGLIGENCE - An outstan...
£15000 - £50000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Fantastic opportunities are ava...
Negotiable: Recruitment Genius: A Compute Engineer is required to join a globa...