John Galliano: 'I Committed Professional Suicide'

12 June 2014 by

John Galliano [Getty]

In a Q+A with French psychiatrist Boris Cyrulnik which was covered in the French newsweekly Le Point, John Galliano was asked if he thinks he has been punished too severely. According to WWD Galliano said:

“I’ve lost, but I also gained a lot. I’m a creative person, and no one can take that away from me. I’ve been told I committed professional suicide because it was the only escape from the terrible pressures I was facing. What do you think?”

Speaking of his career, Galliano kept quiet during the Q&A about what his new role as the creative drector of the perfumery chain L'Etoile entails. Read more about his new move below...

15 May 2014

John Galliano [Getty]

John Galliano has been mostly absent from planet fashion ever since he made anti-semitic remarks while at a bar in Paris in 2011, leading to him being dismissed from his position at Christian Dior. Ever since there have been many rumours of a hiring, from a permanent position at Oscar de la Renta to a teaching jole at Parsons.

According to the perfumery L’Etoile 'John is Back!' as he is the new creative director of a private-label cosmetics line at the Russian perfumery L'Etoile. WWD reports that he will start on May 22, however there is no word yet if the position is permanent.

Not familiar with L'Etoile? This is the Sephora of Russia, as it's parent company Alcor & Co is the country's largest cosmetics chain in the country with about 850 branches. It's an eyebrow-raising move for the former Dior and Givenchy designer, but it's a move back into the industry. Plus while at Dior Galliano introduced the Addict range and WWD writes that: "Dior does 50 percent of its total beauty volume in Russia at L'Etoile."

In January 2013 John did a residency at Oscar de la Renta, working on the label's praised Fall 2013 collection. 'John and I have known each other for many years and I am a great admirer of his talent,' said Oscar at the time. 'He has worked long and hard on his recovery and I am 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.'

Last year the designer spoke candidly in an hour long interview with Charlie Rose, going into detail about the incident which led to his dismissal from Dior. He described it as 'a very big breakdown' and explained that at the time he was under immense pressure, working on 32 collections a year, and his life became 'unmanageable.' The designer added that he became a 'black out drinker' and has no memory of the event, describing his condition as a 'cunning, baffling disease and you become a complete slave to it.'


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