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John Galliano invited to return to fashion

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Saturday, January 19, 2013 - 9:32 am

John Galliano has been invited by Oscar de la Renta to return to fashion for the first time since the designer’s anti-Semitic rant at a Paris cafe was captured on video.

De la Renta invited Galliano to spend time in his studio over the next three weeks, according to a statement released Friday by de la Renta’s company.

Galliano was dismissed as creative director of Christian Dior and left his own label two years ago after his rant went viral. A French court also convicted him on two other complaints of anti-Semitic behavior.

In a statement, Galliano said he is an alcoholic and has been in recovery for the past two years.

“Several years prior to my sobriety, I descended into the madness of the disease. I said and did things which hurt others, especially members of the Jewish community. I have expressed my sorrow privately and publicly for the pain which I have caused and I continue to do so,” he said. “I remain committed to making amends to those I have hurt.”

De la Renta said he has known Galliano for years and is “a great admirer of his talent.”

“He has worked long and hard on his recovery and I’m happy to give him the opportunity to reimmerse himself in the world of fashion and reacclimate in an environment where he has been so creative,” de la Renta said in a statement.

The statement did not elaborate on what role if any Galliano might play in de la Renta’s business.