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  • 19 January 2013, 8:57

Galliano Returns To Fashion With De La Renta

Disgraced John Galliano is returning to the fashion industry with a temporary role at Oscar de la Renta's New York studio.

The British designer, who was once heralded as one of the most talented names in fashion, was fired in 2011 by fashion house Dior after being caught on camera making anti-Semitic remarks in a Paris cafe.

He will spend three weeks with de la Renta as he prepares for his forthcoming New York Fashion Week show.

"He has worked long and hard on his recovery, and I'm happy to give him the opportunity to re-immerse himself in the world of fashion and re-acclimate in an environment where he has been so creative," de la Renta said.

He said he had known Galliano for many years and added: "I'm a great admirer of his talent."

Galliano, 52, said an addiction to drugs and alcohol had caused him to lose control, and that he was determined to make amends.

A French court handed him a $8,000 (5,043) suspended fine after finding him guilty of anti-Semitic behaviour.

In a statement he said he has been in recovery for alcoholism for the past two years but that he had previously "descended into the madness of the disease. I said and did things which hurt others, especially members of the Jewish community."

"I am grateful to Oscar beyond words for inviting me to spend time with him in the familiar surroundings of a design studio. His support and faith in me is humbling," he added.

Dior has since hired Raf Simons as its head designer.

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