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Jean Paul Gaultier: Remember Galliano's designs

Jean Paul Gaultier thinks people should remind themselves of the real reason John Galliano is so famous.

Galliano was found guilty of making racist and anti-Semitic remarks in September. The incidents resulted in the legendary designer being sacked from his role at Christian Dior and from his eponymous label earlier this year.

Gaultier thinks Galliano should be remembered for his contribution to the fashion world and not the controversy surrounding him at the moment.

"I watched the video about John Galliano filmed right after his last show. What he said can't be defended but I think we should remember his work," he said in an interview with Madame Figaro magazine.

"Galliano was a victim of the system and of his fame. When cameras hunt you like he was hunted, you lose your mark - it's the same for actors."

Menawhile, Azzedine Alaïa has recalled Galliano's humble beginnings in the fashion industry. The Tunisian-born couturier and shoe designer is a friend of the star and helped him out at the very beginning of his career.

"[Galliano] was bankrupt at the beginning and carried out all his creations in a small truck. A friend of mine asked me, 'He almost lives in the street, could you help him?' So I said, 'He can come," he explained.

"I cancelled my show, invited the fashion editors. We placed a rail with Galliano on the wall."

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