Updated: Thursday, 12 June 2014 20:00 | By Bang

John Galliano is 'bigger and better' than ever

Designer John Galliano says he's back on form following his 2011 scandal and deeply regrets making racist remarks.


Designer John Galliano says he's back on form following his 2011 scandal and deeply regrets making racist remarks.

Designer John Galliano says he's back on form following his 2011 scandal and deeply regrets making racist remarks.

John Galliano claims he's ''bigger and better'' than before.

The shamed fashion designer - who was fired from Dior in 2011 for making racist slurs outside a Parisian café - has been given a second chance in the industry with a job at Russian cosmetics company L'Etoile and has big plans for his creative comeback.

He said during a revealing interview with French psychiatrist Boris Cyrulnik in Le Point newspaper: ''I love working, it's my therapy. I can draw until 4 in the morning every night and not feel tired. I'm driven by the creative process. I'm interested in theatre, cinema and haute couture.

''I have yet to design my best collection. The new Galliano will be even bigger and better.''

The designer also discussed the infamous events of February 24 2011, the night he was caught on camera verbally abusing a Jewish woman at Café La Perle.

Galliano said: ''What happened was a defence mechanism. I repeated a pattern I had known as a teenager, and I was under the influence of an explosive cocktail of drugs and alcohol.

''I don't want to make up excuses, simply to try and explain what addiction can do to a person. I felt provoked.''

The fashion maven's reputation was tarnished following the shocking incident, for which he was charged with ''public insult'' and sentenced to a 6,000 Euro fine, and he subsequently checked into rehab for his alcohol and prescription drug addiction issues.

He explained: ''The last three years have taken me on an incredible journey. I've come face-to-face with my demons, medicine and alcohol. I have rebuilt myself again.

''Thanks to my therapy sessions, which I've been having ever since going to the rehabilitation centre that cured me, I'm more in touch with my emotions. Anger, fear, rage.

''I was angry with everyone except for myself... What I've done will never be forgotten, but I regret it.''

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