Is John Galliano back in style?
We'll have to wait and see if the fashion community at large welcomes the disgraced, former Christian Dior designer back following his anti-Semitic outburst in 2011. But for now, Oscar de La Renta is hosting Galliano at his studio in New York for the next three weeks.
Designer de la Renta explained why he opened his doors to Galliano, saying that "John and I have known each other for many years and I am a great admirer of his talent…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.
"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."
Galliano said he is "grateful to Oscar beyond words for inviting me to spend time with him in the familiar surroundings of a design studio."
He attempted to explain his previous, potentially career-costing outbursts, saying, "I am an alcoholic…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."
The Anti-Defamation league said in a statement they "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" and "believe that individuals can change their hearts and minds as long as they demonstrate true contrition."