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January 18, 2013 12:29 pm

ADL Welcomes John Galliano Back to the Fashion World

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Famed designer Oscar de la Renta has invited John Galliano to work in his New York studio for three weeks.

Galliano, left the fashion world in disgrace in 2010 after being caught on camera making antisemitic remarks. He was fired from his post as creative director of Christian Dior and brought to trial where he was found guilty and fined.

Abraham Foxman, ADL National Director, welcomed the news of Galliano’s return to the fashion world.

“We believe that individuals can change their hearts and minds as long as they demonstrate true contrition.

Mr. Galliano has worked arduously in changing his worldview and dedicated a significant amount of time to researching, reading, and learning about the evils of anti-Semitism and bigotry.  Along his journey to recovery he met with us on numerous occasions.  He has accepted full responsibility for his previous remarks and understands that hurtful comments have no place in our society.

We wish him much success and look forward to working with him again in the near future as a spokesman against anti-Semitism, intolerance and bigotry.”

De la Renta told WWD.com that Galliano “has worked long and hard on his recovery and I am happy to give him the opportunity to reimburse himself in the world of fashion and re-acclimate in an environment where he has been so creative.”

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