Plenty of heavyweights in the fashion industry would like to forgiveJohn Galliano for his drunken tirades, blamed in court this week on addictions to alcohol and prescription drugs. Times fashion critic Cathy Horyn, currently in Paris covering the men’s shows, would like to see him go back to work too, writing today, “He should have a second chance.”
She reports that Christian Dior CEO Sidney Toledano, “a decent man,” encouraged Galliano to seek treatment for his addictions, adding:
Yet I can’t help but feel that Mr. Galliano’s problems were not sufficiently addressed, nor their potential liability faced, and that something like a status quo existed. His personality and showmanship were definitely part of Dior’s success, and maybe there was a fear of meddling with it.
A Second Chance for Galliano [On the Runway/NYT]
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