John Galliano to Give Keynote at Jewish Event

The spurned designer is still working on righting his wrongs.
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The spurned designer is still working on righting his wrongs.
John Galliano and Naomi Campbell at an event in December. Photo: David M. Benett/Getty Images

John Galliano and Naomi Campbell at an event in December. Photo: David M. Benett/Getty Images

Fresh off his runway debut for Maison Margiela, Galliano is continuing to make amends with the Jewish community following the drunken, anti-semitic rant that got him fired from Dior and his namesake label in 2011.

On May 28, Galliano will be the keynote speaker at a London lecture series called Connect, hosted by local synagogues and aimed at bringing together like-minded Jews to learn about a given topic. The initiative's inaugural theme is fashion, and according to the Central Synagogue website, Galliano will speak about the topic "in conversation with a panel of other people."

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Galliano's connection to Central Synagogue came out of his relationship with Condé Nast International CEO Jonathan Newhouse, who said in a 2013 Vogue UK article that the two of them developed a friendship while Galliano was in recovery. He told the magazine (which he operates) that he "gave him books about the Holocaust and Jewish history and opened some doors to the Jewish community," including introducing him to Rabbi Barry Marcus from Central Synagogue, "with whom he established a dialogue."

With support from Condé Nast and a prime gig at Maison Margiela, Galliano's comeback may already be secure, so it's nice to see that he's not resting on his laurels — and is still working on righting his wrongs.