John Galliano Makes Synagogue Speech & It's The Latest In The Designer's Quest To Make Amends

In terms of a fashionable fall from grace, none was more epic than John Galliano's anti-Semitic, pontifications in 2011. However, The Guardian reports that Galliano's atonement continued with an address to a London synagogue this week. The gesture may seem inadequate to some, but does suggest that Galliano's rehab stint and contemplation of his actions have produced a certain level of self-awareness. Moreover, the oration appeared genuine, dispelling notions that the speech was a brilliantly executed public relations stunt.

Guided by The Central Synagogue in London's Rabbi Barry Marcus, Galliano conveyed his deep remorse to the congregation and attempted to explain the impetus for his derogatory comments. “I am an alcoholic. I am an addict. This is in no way an excuse. We alcoholics and we addicts are not responsible for our disease. However, I do take complete responsibility for my recovery and making amends. I get a daily reprieve from this disease and that comes from total abstinence,” Galliano told the attentive crowd. Alcohol and overwork reportedly contributed to the unexpected tirade, which ultimately resulted in Galliano's firing from Dior.

To Galliano's credit, the speech was reportedly more apologetic than excuse-ridden, though the designer is still many steps away from complete amnesty. After securing a lofty post at Maison Margiela, it seemed that the fashion community was ready to bring Galliano back into the fold, albeit tentatively.

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And with the careful counsel of Marcus, exoneration from those Galliano denounced doesn't seem to be far behind. With his bold new role at Maison Margiela and the backing of a spiritual leader, Galliano seems to have embarked on a more positive route than he previously followed.

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