December 31, 1969
When it was revealed last month that John Galliano had agreed to teach a three-day class at Parsons the New School for Design in New York City, it seemed like a solid next move for the disgraced designer who has been trying to rebuild his reputation. As you know, he was fired by Dior two years ago, after a YouTube video showed him making anti-semitic comments outside a cafe in Paris.
In recent months, he received some positive press when Oscar de la Renta invited Galliano to his studio for what's being referred to as a collaboration. His next step was going to be a quick teaching gig at Parsons in the spring. Until it was cancelled.
"It was a condition of our agreeing to host Mr. Galliano that we also hold a larger forum, which would include a frank discussion of his career," wrote Parsons president David E. Van Zandt, in a letter to students. "Ultimately, an agreement could not be reached with Mr. Galliano regarding the details of that forum, and so the program will not move forward."
According to the New York Times, Galliano had not wanted restrictions on the content of the class but it was the "size and the makeup of the audience that had been debated between the school and the designer."
There is an online petition against Galliano coming to Parsons and no doubt, things would have heated up even more in the days leading up to the class. But he's lost this opportunity and now we'll have to wait and see what he comes up with next. Or will we?
Will another designer step up, as Oscar de la Renta did, and put their weight behind Galliano's comeback? Do you even want to see this happen--especially when there are plenty of young, up-and-coming designers waiting for their big break that perhaps are more well deserving at this moment? Discuss!
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