John Galliano’s Road to Redemption

By  May 10, 2013

The road to recovery has not been easy for fallen designer John Galliano.

In February 2011, Galliano, seated at a café in Marias, France got into an argument with a couple that resulted in his downward spiral: suspension from Dior followed by being fired after 14 years at the helm, removal from his own label, John Galliano and a fine of $24,539.

Galliano resurfaced in the fashion world after accepting an invitation to Oscar de la Renta’s studio, where he helped the designer prepare for his New York Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2013 collection.

“John and I have known each other for many years and I am a great admirer of his,” Vogue UK reported de la Renta said. “He has worked long and hard on his recovery and I am happy to give him an opportunity to re-immerse himself in the world of fashion and acclimate in an environment where he has been so creative.”

That seemed to be the stepping-stone he needed to get back on track. The collection was well received and the good news kept rolling in when Parsons announced that it would be offering a new master class taught over three days by none other than John Galliano.  The course description read, “’Show Me Emotion!’ seeks to engage its participants by provoking the power of emotion in context of fashion practice and exploration of intuitive, perceptive manners of investigational making.”

A few of his pieces were included in the Costume Institute’s Punk: Chaos to Couture exhibit, sparking rumors of him attending the Met Ball, which were quickly squashed. “One step at a time,” his publicist told the New York Post. “And that’s one huge staircase,” she said.

Days later, Parsons announced it would not be offering the Master Class with Galliano after all. “We could not reach consensus with Mr. Galliano on the conditions of this conversation, and the program could not move forward,” said Parsons spokeswoman Deborah Kirschner. There was no mention of the petition circulating.

At best, the road to redemption for John Galliano is long, but we will soon have some insight into it thanks to the designer’s exclusive interview with Vanity Fair.  This is the first interview Galliano has given since the initial incident.

Women’s Wear Daily is reporting that the glossy was able to secure the interview because of Ingrid Sischy—the interviewer—is the coeditor of Italian, German and Spanish Vanity Fair, meaning the piece is primed to receive a lot of international play when the July 2013 issue hits newsstands.