Strong and controversial opinions are something of a hallmark of Vogue Italia editor Franca Sozzani. They have arguably helped to steer her and her magazine to the cutting edge of the contemporary fashion press. So perhaps in this feisty spirit it should come as little surprise that Sozzani's take on the John Galliano scandal runs contrary to general consensus.
In a new interview with Newsweek, Sozzani had plenty to say about the Dior scandal.
Questioned on her views about Galliano's dismissal and future, she directly advised bosses to "hire back John Galliano."Despite telling Newsweek that she understood Dior's position: "I understand they couldn't just say, "Bad boy! We forgive you! Come Back!" She went on to add "But it's really a pity."
"I will never believe he believed what what he said. I think he was drunk and alone in a bar. When people go crazy they go crazy. It's a human case, it's not political or religious. He didn't kill anyone!"
Franca's comments provide a departure from the general condemnation that has greeted Galliano since the incident in February 2011, when the designer launched a series of racist slurs at two fellow customers outside a Parisian café. Dior's swift suspension and dismissal of the designer were widely supported by the fashion community as well as by high-profile Jewish figures such as Natalie Portman.
However, the personal strain on the designer at the time of the incident is something that seems to have been widely ignored. Citing a triple addiction to painkillers, alcohol and Vallium, the tirade launched by the ex-Dior head seems to have been less simple than the popular media has reported.