John Galliano returns to the fashion industry, courtesy of Oscar De La Renta.
Following an anti-Semitic drunken rant that costed him two years of absence from the fashion industry, John Galliano is ready to come back and redeem himself.
The flamboyant designer was sacked in 2011 by the Christian Dior maison after being accused of making racist comments and insults to a couple in a Paris bar. At that time Galliano denied such remarks, but was later investigated and charged by police, after a video showing his anti-Semitic ranting surfaced.
The video, shot in December 2010 at the same bar, showed a very drunken Galliano telling two women “"I love Hitler. People like you would be dead. Your mothers, your forefathers would all be fucking gassed." The British designer further denied accusation, but when the video went viral it was the beginning of the end.
All the Jewish people from the fashion world turned their back to the disgraced designer and Natalie Portman, who was the face of Miss Dior Cherie fragrance at the time, even said she was “deeply shocked and disgusted" by Galliano's behaviour and didn't want to be associated with him in any way. The Brit went on designing Kate Moss wedding dress in Summer 2011 and then disappeared from the scene.
Since the incident Galliano has expressed his apologies to many Jewish community from the fashion industry and also underwent treatment for his addiction to alcohol. He also worked closely with the Anti-Defamation League, on changing his intolerant views towards Jews and the Holocaust and his unbelievable remarks on Hitler. The designer took full responsibilities for his action and kept away from fashion ever since.
After two years of ostracism from the fashion world someone thought it was about time that the genius came back to the spotlight. American designer Oscar De La Renta, Galliano's long time friend, decided to give him a chance to redeem himself by offering him a three-weeks residency at his atelier, in preparation for the next New York Fashion Week show.
De La Renta is not the only one supporting Galliano, also US Vogue editor Anna Wintour has been reported very keen on his return to the scene. Also stylist Patricia Field has been defending the British designer for long time, suggesting that the rant was nothing more than a theatrical farce.
"I am grateful to Oscar beyond words for inviting me to spend time with him in the familiar surroundings of a design studio," John Galliano said. "His support and faith in me is humbling." We are also delighted at the news of his return and we can't wait to see his upcoming work!