John Galliano, who was fired as Dior’s creative director for making drunken anti-Semitic comments in a Paris bar in 2011, was tried and found guilty, went into rehab and then dropped out of sight.
Other than an occasional glimpse — in Paris and at the Chateau Marmont in West Hollywood — he’s been MIA for almost two years.
But Oscar de la Renta has decided that enough is enough and has loaned his New York studio to Galliano for three weeks.
“John and I have known each other for many years and I am a great admirer of his talent,” he said in a statement. “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 and re-acclimate in an environment where he has been so creative.”
“Everyone in life deserves a second chance, especially someone as talented as John,” de la Renta said. “I think that life is about forgiving and helping people…I think John is doing all the right things.”
And this all comes on the heels of the Anti-Defamation League accepting the designer’s apology a few days ago for his racist remarks.
Their response: “Mr. Galliano has worked arduously in changing his worldview and dedicated a significant amount of time to researching, reading and learning about the evils of anti-Semitism and bigotry. Along his journey to recovery he met with us on numerous occasions. He has accepted full responsibility for his previous remarks and understands that hurtful comments have no place in our society. We wish him much success and look forward to working with him again in the near future as a spokesman against anti-Semitism, intolerance and bigotry.”
It’s not yet known what Galliano will get up to for those three weeks at de la Renta’s studio. The only designing he has done since the drunken incident was to make supermodel Kate Moss‘s wedding dress for her marriage to rocker Jamie Hince last year.
Some photos surfaced of Vogue editor Anna Wintour meeting with Galliano in Paris last year. Now some fashion industry insiders are whispering that Wintour may have helped Galliano by getting de la Renta to publicly welcome him back to the fold.
What do you think: Is it time to forgive John Galliano for his sins and let him go back to work?