John Galliano’s fashion comeback continues.
The former Christian Dior designer — who was fired from the label after being arrested for going on a drunken, anti-Semitic rant (which was caught on video) in a Paris bar in 2011 — is confirmed to be creating the stage costumes for Stephen Fry’s new stage adaptation of the Oscar Wilde comedy The Importance Of Being Earnest.
When rumors about the wardrobe gig began last July, Galliano was said to be in the running along with Roland Mouret and Alexander McQueen’s Sarah Burton. According to British Vogue, Galliano was the top choice for the job and is currently at work creating costumes for the play, set to open in London next year.
Fry will both direct the production and play the role of Lady Bracknell, a character Galliano has dressed before.
The designer outfitted Judi Dench when she played the overbearing matriarch — a symbol of Wilde’s disdain for the Victorian upper-class — in the 1982 production presented at London’s National Theatre.
Galliano is also still in talks to take on a permanent role as part of the team at Oscar de la Renta, according to Women’s Wear Daily.