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Formerly 'banished' Galliano storms back with London show

Mon 12th January, 2015 11:36pm
By Edward Baran 
    LONDON, Jan 12 (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." 
    Hilary Alexander, veteran fashion journalist and former 
fashion editor of the Daily Telegraph newspaper, could not 
contain her excitement at the return of the enfant terrible. 
    "The show was sensational," she said. "I am absolutely 
thrilled, I am ecstatic, I couldn't be happier.   
    "It was Galliano at his very best, on peak form and 
surprising and delightful and just wonderful ... There 
were ribbons and incredible masks and shells and gilt and gold 
and embroidery and tailored trouser suits." 
    Galliano, a graduate of London's prestigious Central Saint 
Martin's College, had won praise from fashion critics for his 
theatrical, romantic shows at Dior as well as for his creative 
designs for his John Galliano brand, which is still owned and 
run by LVMH, the world's biggest luxury group.     
 (Editing by Michael Roddy and Chris Reese) 
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