galliano expresses remorse to jewish community
The Margiela designer spoke about how alcoholism and addiction precipitated the anti-semitic outburst he so regrets.
With the support of Rabbi Barry Marcus of the Central Synagogue in London, John Galliano addressed a Jewish educational project held at the BDO law firm to apologize for - and in some way explain - his anti-semitic outburst in Paris in 2011. "I am an alcoholic. I am an addict," he said. "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." He said that he had been trying to find ways to blame others for his behavior, but had "finally come to terms with what happened and…my part in it."
Marcus urged forgiveness too, explaining, "That is not the Jewish way. We should show a little graciousness. I want to talk about forgiveness. I am asking because most people, apart from the angels among us, most of us have done something we regret."
The new Maison Martin Margiela Creative Director talked about the pressures during his days at Dior, when he was creating 32 collections a year for the house and his eponymous line. He said he "wasn't living" and predicted that if he'd continued overworking and substance abusing he "would be dead." He expressed his returned passion for fashion and the spiritual path he's on: "God is in the driving seat, not me. Before it was self will, but now it is God's will."
Photography Patrick Demarchelier