Galliano’s come back has been halted in its tracks by the Israel Broadcasting Authority. The designer, who had been lined up to design a dress for Moran Mazor, the Israeli entrant in next month’s Eurovision Song Contest, will not be able to showcase the outfit now that Mazor has been banned from wearing a dress by the designer on air.
A memo sent from the Israel Broadcasting Authority to Mazor’s agent said that Galliano’s actions “preclude” him “from dressing the Israeli Eurovision representative, at a time when racism and anti-Semitism is rampant in Europe, even if he had apologized.”
Galliano was sacked from Dior in 2011 after video evidence of him making anti-Semitic remarks in a Paris café was posted on youtube. He was later convicted of making racist remarks. Galliano not only lost his position as creative director of one of the world’s biggest fashion houses, but as the chief designer of John Galliano, his namesake label, which is owned by LVMH group. He is currently suing Dior for unfair dismissal.
The controversial designer has been welcomed back into the fashion industry in recent months, taking up temporary residence at Oscar de la Renta’s New York studio and allegedly landing a teaching job at the prestigious Parson’s design school. Even Queen of Mean Anna Wintour had welcomed him back to the fashion fold. Will this latest setback put a stop to Galliano’s triumphant return?