John Galliano confirms his return to fashion
John Galliano is taking the first steps towards rebuilding his fashion career by taking up a temporary residency at Oscar de la Renta's design studio in New York. The British-born designer, who was sacked from Dior in 2011 for making anti-Semitic comments in a Paris cafe, will embark on a three-week placement at de la Renta's studio ahead of his New York Fashion Week show.
"John and I have known each other for many years and I am a great admirer of his talent," de la Renta said. "He has worked long and hard on his recovery and I am happy to give him the opportunity to reimmerse himself in the world of fashion and reacclimate in an environment where he has been so creative."
Since being fired from Dior, Galliano has designed Kate Moss's wedding dress. In July last year he was photographed dining with Anna Wintour, sparking rumours that she was planning to support him in a comeback.
"I am an alcoholic," Galliano said. "I have been in recovery for the past two years. Several years prior to my sobriety, I descended into the madness of the disease. I said and did things which hurt others, especially members of the Jewish community. I have expressed my sorrow privately and publicly for the pain which I caused, and I continue to do so. I remain committed to making amends to those I have hurt."
Will Galliano be forgiven by the fashion industry? Only time will tell.