Another week, another potential baby-step back into the fashion spotlight for disgraced designer John Galliano. Since his tell-all Vanity Fair cover story with Ingrid Sischy last month, many have been speculating the time could perhaps be ripe for some kind of return to form; indeed Oscar de la Renta has been very open about his willingness to work with Galliano again – JG collaborated with the New York stalwart designer at last season’s fashion week – but aside from those hints, nothing concrete has been announced.
John Galliano is Known For His Theatrical Aesthetic
However, Galliano is now reportedly in the running to design the costumes for a new Stephen Fry directed theatre production of the Importance of Being Earnest at either Theatre Royal Haymarket or the Gielgud Theatre next year. While other names are also supposedly in the frame, including Roland Mouret and Sarah Burton, creative director of Alexander McQueen, the commission would undoubtedly play to the Gibraltarian- born designer's talents.
Left: Galliano's Theatrical Dresses For Dior Couture, Right: Tour Costumes For Kylie Minogue in 2006
Galliano already has experience in designing stage costumes, having tailored Kylie’s tour wardrobe back in 2006 and his dramatic aesthetic is certainly at one with the impact required of theatrical costume. The Importance of Being Earnest is a classic by Oscar Wilde, a man whose own disgrace ended in total ruination, so some kind of parallels could be perhaps drawn there too. Whatever the motivation, there’s no uncertainty that Galliano’s take on Victorian era costumes for Earnest’s leading characters would be a joy to behold. Watch this space.