Professor Galliano: Is the Controversial Fashion Designer an Appropriate Mentor for Students?

Parsons The New School for Design has announced a new four-day master course to be taught by John Galliano called “Show Me Emotion”

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Parsons The New School for Design has announced a new four-day master course to be taught by John Galliano called “Show Me Emotion,” which is a questionable course title for a designer who fell from grace for showing, well, too much emotion. The class will allow 20 selected students to “have the opportunity to engage in a frank conversation with Mr. Galliano about the challenges and complications of leading a design house in the 21st century,” the school said in a statement.

A “frank conversation” will likely include the ups of Galliano’s career as head designer at Givenchy and Dior, and also undoubtedly the downs, including his 2011 drunken anti-Semitic tirade, which earned him wide condemnation and his dismissal from the Dior brand.

The racist rant is two years old now, but no one in the fashion industry has forgotten it. Many have likely not forgiven its offense, and may find his hiring by Parsons completely inappropriate. But 2013 has been a year of atonement for the disgraced designer, and as Parsons said, “Galliano has demonstrated a serious intent to make amends for his past actions.” That’s debatable. In January, he helped Oscar de la Renta as the designer prepared for New York Fashion Week; Galliano has also earned continued support from the Anti-Defamation League. The designer seemed to be learning from his mistakes—that is, until the end of Fashion Week, when he wore a hasidic-chic outfit that drew outrage from several Jewish New Yorkers.

But perhaps its Galliano’s roller coaster of a comeback that actually makes him a perfect candidate for professorship: He hasn’t figured out his next step in the design world, and neither have these students. Candid advice from a man with a stained reputation, who was on top, fell hard, but is learning to climb back, may be the right kind of encouragement and relatable advice students need before entering the real world of fashion.

17 comments
CruPaul Fisher
CruPaul Fisher

If he had offended any other ethnic group it would only have been a minor issue!

Sonia Moulet E'shesh
Sonia Moulet E'shesh

Yes, absolutely. Students would be the luckiest to have this genius teach them... I'm sure he learned HIS lesson...!

Eliana Velarde
Eliana Velarde

Si creo que si, porque ha estado muy alto se ha caído y se ha vuelto a levantar. Cest' la vie.

Love J Blanks
Love J Blanks

I think its all about perception. he can never get back what he lost, but he can give back what he took by being of service. Student can take away something valuable, its just up to them.

okayfine
okayfine

Good heavens - let's hope we all don't have to pay indefinitely for something incredibly stupid we said, esp when drunk. Is he an appropriate role model to talk about design? ABSOLUTELY. He is an incredibly talented & successful designer.Is he an appropriate role model to talk about comportment? Maybe not so much.


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