John Galliano invited to return to fashion
John Galliano has been invited by Oscar de la Renta to return to fashion for the first time since the designer’s anti-Semitic rant at a Paris cafe was captured on video.
De la Renta invited Galliano to spend time in his studio over the next three weeks, according to a statement released Friday by de la Renta’s company.
Galliano was dismissed as creative director of Christian Dior and left his own label two years ago after his rant went viral. A French court also convicted him on two other complaints of anti-Semitic behavior.
In a statement, Galliano said he is an alcoholic and has 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 have caused and I continue to do so,” he said. “I remain committed to making amends to those I have hurt.”
De la Renta said he has known Galliano for years and is “a great admirer of his talent.”