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Conde Nast International CEO: ‘I Believe in John [Galliano]’

John Galliano


Following the release of a heartfelt interview with Vanity Fair, Camp John Galliano is ramping up their publicity efforts, under the leadership of the former Dior designer's publicist, Liz Rosenberg (famous for her work representing another polarizing figure, Madonna). 

Yesterday we learned Oscar de la Renta, who hosted Galliano at his studio this past Fashion Week in New York, helped the designer secure an hour-long sitdown interview with PBS host Charlie Rose (reportedly a close friend of ODLR), scheduled to tape today.

Another powerful fashion figure is now publicly backing Galliano and his career recovery efforts. Jonathan Newhouse, chairman and CEO of Conde Nast International (publisher of titles like Vogue Paris), conducted a short and sweet interview with Vogue UK, declaring his support for the designer. (The interview is titled "Friends in High Places," a ballsy way of packaging a post about your boss.)

The publisher recounts how his "relationship [with Galliano] deepened and became a friendship" following the scandal which cost the designer his job and pushed him into rehab. 

"I gave him books about the Holocaust and Jewish history and opened some doors to the Jewish community. I introduced him to Jewish leaders and a rabbi, Rabbi Barry Marcus from Central Synagogue, with whom he established a dialogue. We even attended synagogue together. I have tried to be a kind of guide and a source of support. I believe in John.

He is an enormous talent who lives to create, and the best thing would be for him to start making fashion again. I would love to see him come back."

[Friends in High PlacesVogue UK]