Troubled, but talented designer John Galliano, who was the lead designer for Christian Dior before resigning last year amidst allegations of racially abusing a couple while on a night out in Paris, has been tapped by celebrated actor Stephen Frye, to design the costumes for the upcoming revival of the classic Oscar Wilde play, The Importance of Being Earnest.

The controversial incident led to the bombshell dismissal of the celebrated designer in March on the first day of Paris Fashion Week and three days before the 50-year old designer’s Dior show was due to run.

The hiring by Frye, is hoped to be a bit of a comeback for the 50-year-old Galliano who has reportedly struggled with substance abuse.

John Galliano

At London’s Fashion Week Spring 2011

The designer has agreed to design the costumes for the upcoming British production of Oscar Wilde’s classic comedy. This is the first project for Galliano since his dismal from Dior.

Alexander McQueen creative director Sarah Burton and Roland Mouret were also thought to be in the running for the job.
Fry will direct the production, which is slated to open next spring at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, in addition to playing the role of Lady Bracknell.

Galliano has already dressed the character of Lady Bracknell  in 1982 when he worked at the National Theatre. The Daily Mail reported that Fry wants the costumes to be so striking that the audience will applaud as soon as the curtains go up.

If that’s the case, Galliano seems a good choice for the job, no matter what his politics.

Alejandro Ramos