The fashion world is having one of its most confused fashion moments. John Galliano, the designer fired three years ago by Dior after two public anti-semitic rants, has been hired as creative director of Maison Martin Margiela. Renzo Rosse, President of OTB- Only The Brave, the holding company which owns Margiela as well as brands such as Viktor and Rolf, Diesel- is quoted in Womenswear Daily stating “Margiela is ready for a new charismatic creative soul…..John Galliano is one of the greatest, undisputed talents of all time- a unique, exceptional couturier for a maison that always challenged and innovated the world of fashion.”
The above are undoubtedly true but Galliano’s three decades of creation have been rocky, including penury, bankruptcy and much controversy. His return has struck a lot of nerves and the people’s opinions aren’t merely divided, they are fractured.Personally, I believe he should be given a second chance and part of the fashion world agrees with me, nobody is perfect. Remember Kate Moss, a friend, who commissioned her wedding dress from Galliano, was caught snorting cocaine in 2005, some of her lucrative contracts were cancelled, but after a brief period in rehab, she ended up making more money than she did before the offence.
Galliano’s crazy expressions of hatred, in October 2010 and February 2011, were shocking not for just the words but also from the fact that they came from his mouth, even I, a die-hard 'stan', was highly disappointed. Long credited with genius, he was at the top of his profession, admired, pampered, indulged and much loved. Through it all, though, Galliano was a man who earned respect not just for his talent but also for his character. As a designer, he had total integrity; his work, based on rigorous research, was always original, beautiful and witty all of which are the reasons why he still remains my role model
In my opinion, Galliano is a force in fashion, without him, things fall apart. If you think I’m being an obsessive fan, haven’t you noticed that this season’s fashion shows have reached a new LOW?!! A genius such as Galliano is much needed.
Some insiders muttered that Galliano’s appointment was a provocative publicity coup designed to resuscitate interest in a dull brand than never had more than a minority appeal. I don’t care about all these hateful remarks, but what interests me about his appointment is that Galliano and Margiela are interested in the possibilities of what one can do with fabric. Both understand the drama of high fashion.
For some, his crime beyond forgiveness; for others, he has served his time as an outcast and should be given a second chance. However, I welcome him back because he’s remarkable talent whose career-back catalogue- celebrating all cultures and ethnicities without prejudices (plus I really stanfor him and his designs), should not be erased. And everyone including John Galliano should be given a second chance.