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In an interview with William Norwich for New York magazine's spring fashion issue, Oscar de la Renta explained John Galliano's presence in his studio in a little more detail:
The years I was doing Balmain in Paris, I went many times with Anna [Wintour] to his shows. It is so strange to me what people who don't know Anna think of her. She is so wrongly guessed. She is the most wonderful person, so smart, and so funny, and an unbelievably loyal friend. So when Anna asked me if I would have John in my studio, I said yes. I also believe that everyone should have a second chance, especially someone as talented as John.So maybe that's what Wintour and Galliano discussed over lunch in July.
· Oscar de la Renta on Taking in Galliano, the Women He's Known and Loved, and Why He Once Tried to Hit Cecil Beaton [NYMag]
· Oscar de la Renta Grants John Galliano Asylum [Racked]