Jun 11, 2013 12:39PM

Cathy Horyn Says John Galliano Deserves 'A Second Chance, but on His Own'

Following on from the designer's first ever sober interview for Vanity Fair's July 2013 issue.
John Galliano Fall 2007 RTW shot by Sonny Vandevelde
In the current issue of Vanity Fair, John Galliano gives his first sober interview ever, and his first interview since his 2011 firing from Dior. "It's the worst thing I have said in my life, but I didn't mean it... I have been trying to find out why that anger was directed at this race. I now realise I was so fucking angry and so discontent with myself that I just said the most spiteful thing I could," the disgraced designer tells Vanity Fair's contributing editor Ingrid Sischy about his anti-Semitic outburst.
 
John Galliano talks about his steps to making amends with the Jewish community, fashion industry and himself, speaking about his time spent in rehab, and meeting with Jewish leaders. (Last month, his class at Parson's was called off after backlash from the school's Jewish student union). He has been sober for more than two years, saying, "it sounds a bit bizarre, but I am so grateful for what did happen. I have learned so much about myself. I have re-discovered that little boy who had the hunger to create, which I think I had lost. I am alive."
 
He talks about being given the opportunity to design friend Kate Moss' wedding dress when the rest of the fashion world had seemingly turned its back on him. "Creating Kate's wedding dress saved me personally because it was my creative rehab. She dared me to be me again," he says. 
 
 
Following the Vanity Fair interview, Cathy Horyn, the New York Times writer once involved in a beef with Hedi Slimane, has weighed in, stating that he deserves a second chance in the industry but that he needs to do it by himself without the help of friends in high places. She is referring to earlier this year when Oscar de la Renta extended an olive branch of sorts, allowing the designer to work beneath him in the lead-up to Fashion Week.
 
"The fashion community has always shown a commendable willingness to help him out, with money and show spaces... But Mr. Galliano betrayed the trust of many people — his friends, his colleagues at Dior, journalists. That's why it would be more meaningful if he started making dresses on his own, one at a time, on his dime. He would surely have clients, and it would tell me he was serious," she writes.
 
Would he surely have clients though? Of course his designs are incredible, and for a while he was one of the most celebrated designers in the world, but the stigma surrounding his name might discourage those — who, unlike Kate Moss, do not personally know him — to buy into his second coming. If luxury fashion is partly about escapism and investing in not just a tangible product but a lifestyle, then it is questionable if he will ever see a comparable success to his past-self, at least on a mainstream and commercial level. 
 
"I truly hope he can be successful again in fashion, but I think he will need to show that he can do it on his own," Cathy Horyn concludes her article.
 
What do you think — would you buy one of John Galliano's designs?

Ingrid Kesa

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