Formerly 'banished' Galliano storms back with London show

Mon Jan 12, 2015 6:50pm EST
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By Edward Baran

LONDON (Reuters) - Almost four years after being effectively banished from the Paris fashion scene, Dior's former star designer John Galliano made what some hailed as a triumphant return on Monday with a haute couture show in London.

The 54-year-old British designer is widely regarded as one of the most flamboyant and successful fashion minds of his generation, but was fired by Dior in 2011 after he was caught on camera making anti-Semitic remarks in a Paris cafe.

Since then, Galliano has acknowledged having undergone treatment for drugs and alcohol, and worked briefly as a designer for New York fashion brand Oscar de la Renta in 2013. 

Maison Martin Margiela gave him a permanent role when it appointed him creative director in October.  

Among the supporters who attended his new Margiela show in London, which featured several striking red dresses, were model Kate Moss, whose wedding dress Galliano designed, and the Burberry Chief Executive Officer Christopher Bailey.

Other fashion world figures in the front row expressed their support for Galliano's return from the wilderness.  

"It's John Galliano so it's okay, it's fabulous," accessory designer Manolo Blahnik told Reuters.  

"It's a beautiful show. I am glad he's working again."   Continued...

British designer John Galliano appears at the end of his Spring/Summer 2011 women's collection during Paris Fashion Week in this October 1, 2010 file photo. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier/Files