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Disgraced designer John Galliano gets a job

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. READ FULL STORY

See disgraced designer John Galliano as a puppet -- VIDEO

This form of imitation is the furthest thing from flattery…

John Galliano used to call the shots as head designer for Dior, but now someone else is pulling the strings. Galliano has officially been immortalized in the form of a puppet and theatre piece.

The disgraced designer–who found himself in hot water (and out of a job) after infamously making anti-semitic comments during one drunken (and video taped) evening in 2011–can thank Parisian magazine Vestoj for his pint-sized carbon copy.

The puppet appears in a twenty minute, six act play that is based on an interview Galliano did last year with American talk show host Charlie Rose. Artist Etienne Bideau-Rey dressed the puppet in a look inspired by an ensemble Galliano wore to his 2007 “Madame Butterfly” Dior show.

“Both Galliano and Rose appeared to be acting out some very clearly defined roles, with very little scope for improvisation,” Vestoj editor in chief Anja Aronowsky Cronberg told WWD of the theatre piece’s inspiration, while adding that its subtext explores “the power of the media and about the fact that the story we are being told is seldom the actual story of importance.”

Galliano’s puppet will next perform on December 10th in Paris and on February 4th at the London College of Fashion. In the meantime, watch a preview of the play after the jump.


Kate Middleton's (boat not baby) christening, Galliano apologizes on Charlie Rose, and more

Making one of her final appearances before going on maternity leave, Duchess Catherine formally christened the Royal Princess cruise ship wearing a Dalmatian-print dress. [Huffington Post]

Watch disgraced designer John Galliano apologize for the anti-Semitic rant that led to his firing from Dior in 2011 during the hour-long interview on Charlie Rose that aired last night. [Refinery 29]

Think Daenerys Targarne’s braids on Game of Thrones are a hair do? Find out how to re-create the Mother of Dragons’ best hairstyles. [StyleWatch]

The global merchandising arm of Universal Music Group has won the right to oversee sales of all Beatles merchandise in North America. [THR]

See how Elizabeth Taylor’s Cleopatra continues to influence the fashion and beauty industries 50 years after the movie was released. [Time]

The real-life teens who inspired Sofia Coppola’s new film The Bling Ring robbed Rachel Bilson five times because alleged ringleader Rachel Lee liked the actress’ style. [The Cut]

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Designer John Galliano is back...sort of

Heidi Klum told us that in fashion, one day you’re in and the next day you’re out. In John Galliano’s case, he was in, he was out, and now it seems, he’s back in the game. Fellow designer Oscar de la Renta has invited Galliano to take up residence in his New York design studio for a few weeks, according to a report by Women’s Wear Daily.

Things went downhill for the famed designer in late 2010 and early 2011, when he made a series of anti-Semitic rants in a Paris bar, one of which resulted in his arrest, and the other which was captured on video and posted online. Galliano was fired from Christian Dior, impersonated by Taran Killam, and scolded by Natalie Portman (a celebrity spokesperson for Dior). We’ve heard very little from the disgraced designer since his very quick and public downfall.


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