Former Dior designer John Galliano arrives at the Paris court house, Wednesday June 22, 2011, charged with hurling anti-Semitic slurs in a Paris cafe Photo: AP
The former Dior designer has not spoken publicly at length since he was fired from his positions at Dior and his eponymous label in 2011 following a drunken anti-Semitic outburst that was caught on camera. Earlier this week, the master class he was scheduled to teach at Parsons fashion college in New York was cancelled as it was revealed he did not feel comfortable discussing his career, and particularly the event which led to his downfall.
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He spoke briefly to WWD in January when it was announced he would undertake a three-week residency at Oscar de la Renta’s New York studio, 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.”
However, since then it has been his publicist, Liz Rosenberg, who has spoken on his behalf. Rosenberg told WWD that she is yet to read the article so cannot comment on its content.
The interview has been conducted by Ingrid Sischy, co-editor of the Italian, German and Spanish editions of Vanity Fair , meaning it will likely feature in those issues as well as the main US and UK editions so will reach a wide audience.
Details of the interview have not been unveiled owing to the publication’s policy of never confirming or commenting of future stories, but it is imagined Galliano will talk about the infamous incident in Paris, his recovery and his future plans.