Alexander Fury On John Galliano Had To Put This

Alexander Fury on John Galliano – had to put this up so riveting!! Brilliant. After regrets, rehab, reconciliations and repentance, it’s time the fashion world brought John Galliano back into the fold. 

Sophia Neophitou


The fashion world has been in a Galliano frenzy for the past week. That isn’t unusual: since the designer was dismissed from his own label and the house of Dior following a drunken rant in a Parisian bar, his name has featured prominently in the headlines. The latest of those is “Galliano in the Wilderness,” the lurid Vanity Fair tell-all published last week that is causing the latest furore. They even added a tabloid-worthy red banner to the front of the venerable magazine.
Galliano is no stranger to headlines. He first burst onto the fashion scene in 1984, with a witty, brilliant and game-changing Saint Martins graduation collection titled ‘Les Incroyables’ – ‘The Incredibles’. It cemented Saint Martins’ reputation as a taste factory, and London Fashion Week’s status as an early-eighties must-see. The name was filched from revolutionary French dandies, but could easily be ascribed to any of Galliano’s creations. 
However, the publicity around Galliano’s anti-Semitic rant seems to have surpassed any his career has received to date, a sad indication of our taste for scandal over success. It does, however, raise an interesting question: does Galliano’s unacceptable conduct obliterate his achievements to date? Or rather, should it? It certainly seems to have overshadowed his career, a career which, until 24 February 2011, was seen as one of the finest in fashion.
Tell-all is maybe a little too strong a term for the Vanity Fair profile, penned by Ingrid Sischy. It’s more Galliano Explains It All. He unravels the downward spiral of his addiction – which, at some point, was bound to hit rock-bottom. He talks frankly about his time in rehab in Arizona. And he seems desperate to move on with his life, and career.
Does addiction exonerate? No, but it does help explain. Galliano recalls being unable to use a cash-machine, or light a cigarette. He flashed his torso to his LVMH bosses, asking if it looked like the body of an alcoholic. Those hardly sound like calculated actions. In legalese, addiction can be considered a ‘mitigating circumstance’. It doesn’t absolve you of responsibility, but it can reduce the penalty. 
Some seem to have already given the death sentence to Galliano’s career, an illustrious, multi-faceted career filled with examples that unequivocally counter the intoxicated comments he rambled in La Perle. I’m never a fan of public opinion acting as judge, jury and executioner, especially when Galliano has sought help, apologised, and publicly atoned for his crime. What’s more, he’s been sentenced for it in a court of law. 
I concur with Sischy: John Galliano’s talent more than deserves a second chance. It’s time to bring him in from the wilderness.

(Excerpt taken from i Newspaper-

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