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John Galliano Speaks to Vanity Fair

Vanity Fair’s July issue delivers John Galliano’s first interview since his dismissal from Dior. Contributing editor Ingrid Sischy met with the the disgraced designer and recovering addict at his Paris flat where he opened up about the demons he inherited from a troubled childhood and the anti-semitic rant that has collapsed his career.

Galliano admits, “It’s the worst thing I have said in my life. I didn’t mean it. I now realize I was so…angry and discontent with myself.” He has since then been seeking atonement through addiction rehabilitation and involvement in the Jewish community.

Sischy recruits a considerable assemblage of Galliano supporters for the story: Religious leaders who advocate forgiveness and addiction experts who indicate acute mental illness; Colleagues and friends who believe in second chances – among them, daughter of holocaust victims, Diane von Furstenberg, and Oscar de La Renta, whose atelier recently bestowed on Galliano a brief artist residency that returned his talent to the runways for Fall 2013.

Galliano expresses a deep remorse for the incident and has found a silver lining in his self-immolation. “It sounds a bit bizarre, but I am so grateful for what did happen. I have learned so much about myself. I have rediscovered that little boy who had the hunger to create, which I think I had lost. I am alive.”

Sischy’s prediction for Galliano’s future? “Get ready for his second act.”

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