GALLIANO TALKS: John Galliano has refused interviews since a drunken anti-Semitic outburst at a Paris bar two years ago cost him his job at Christian Dior, and much of his reputation. But he’s been slowly mounting a return to the fashion world, first with a “designer in residence” spot at Oscar de la Renta and, later, with an anticipated teaching gig at Parsons The New School for Design, an invitation that was rescinded this week. The public campaign kicks into higher gear in the July issue of Vanity Fair, where the designer gives his first extensive interview since his exile from fashion.
There had been much jockeying in the media to land that first interview with Galliano, but up until now he’s chosen to express contrition by deferring to powerful allies to speak on his behalf, like Vogue editor in chief Anna Wintour, Condé Nast International chairman Jonathan Newhouse and the Anti-Defamation League’s national director Abraham H. Foxman.
Presumably Galliano again expresses contrition for his behavior and hope for a return to design, but details have been kept under wraps and not much is known about the Vanity Fair interview beyond its broad scope. Asked to comment on the subject of the interview, Galliano’s publicist Liz Rosenberg said, “I have no idea because I haven’t seen the article. I don’t know if there’s a slant.”
Negotiations before such a high-profile interview would include discussion of any topics that might be covered, but Rosenberg declined to go into specifics or why Vanity Fair was chosen as the vehicle for Galliano’s awaited confessional. One advantage Vanity Fair had is that the interview was conducted by Ingrid Sischy, whose position as the coeditor of Italian, German and Spanish Vanity Fairs likely means broad play among several international editions, an attractive selling point for someone eager to make a bold reemergence.
A spokeswoman for Vanity Fair said the magazine never confirms or comments on upcoming stories. Sischy declined comment, citing the magazine’s policy.