Personally, I think Mr. Galliano should be given a second chance, but maybe he should do it on his own. The fashion community has always shown a commendable willingness to help him out, with money and show spaces. They did so because he was talented and, despite the fact that he was apparently stoned, sweet-tempered. I remember his 1994 show in Paris at Sao Schlumberger’s mansion, with leaves scattered on the stone floor and the world’s top models dressed in black satin; it was dazzling.
But Mr. Galliano betrayed the trust of many people — his friends, his colleagues at Dior, journalists. That’s why it would be more meaningful if he started making dresses on his own, one at a time, on his dime. He would surely have clients, and it would tell me he was serious. One question the article doesn’t raise is whether his kind of fashion is still relevant. Two years before he was fired from Dior, people were complaining, often in print, that his clothes were out of date. O.K., maybe he was ill, but, beyond atonement, it’s a question that any businessman would have to ask.