Published on January 23, 2013 | by Julie Smith

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Fashion re-opens door to shamed Galliano

Galliano posing for a picture

Designer John Galliano has announced his return to fashion [Flickr: the_foxling]

Designer John Galliano is returning to fashion after an anti-Semitic outburst cost him his job at Christian Dior.

The 52-year-old Central Saint Martins alumnus has been offered a temporary residency at Oscar de la Renta, where he will work over the next three weeks in preparation for New York Fashion Week.

“John and I have known each other for many years and I am a great admirer of his talent,” de la Renta told vogue.co.uk. “He has worked long and hard on his recovery and I am happy to give him the opportunity to re-immerse himself in the world of fashion.”

During the drunken episode in December 2010, Galliano was reported to have told two Italian Jewish women in a Parisian café: “I love Hitler…People like you would be dead today.”

He was found guilty of “public insults based on origin, religious affiliation, race or ethnicity” by a French court and given suspended fines.

The designer issued a statement saying: “anti-Semitism and racism have no part in our society. I unreservedly apologise for my behavior in causing any offense.”

The Gibraltar-born designer has been in rehab for the past two years.

“I’m an alcoholic,” Galliano told WWD.com. “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.”

Galliano has not been without his supporters in his time away from the spotlight, with supermodel and long-term friend Kate Moss commissioning him to design her wedding dress in July, 2011.

British Vogue editor Alexandra Shulman is “delighted” by the news. She told vogue.co.uk: “Oscar de la Renta is the king of uptown style and John Galliano the prince of romantic glamour, so it should be a magical match.”

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