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April 24, 2013 11:04 am

Once Shamed Fashion Designer Galliano to Teach at NYC Fashion School

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Designer John Galliano.

Fashion designer John Galliano’s comeback continues. The once-shamed head of the House of Dior is planning to teach a master class on “emotion” at Parsons School of Design in Manhattan over four days next month, The  New York Daily News reports.

Galliano was at the top of the fashion world when in 2011 he was caught on camera making anti-Semitic comments. The fallout was quick. He was fired from Dior and fined by a Paris court.

In recent months he has attempted a comeback, working in famed designer Oscar de la Renta’s studio in Manhattan, and attending New York Fashion week in February.

Some students at Parsons seem open to the idea of having Galliano as a teacher, and take no issue with his recently checkered past. “We all say stupid s— while drunk. We’ve all made Jew jokes,” senior fashion student Corinne Hay, 24, who is not Jewish and said she plans to take the workshop, told the Daily News.

“I love Dior. Some of his collections there are the reasons why I came to Parsons. Everything he did there was so amazing. No living designer can touch him. Maybe Karl Lagerfeld,” she added.

“It’ll be really avant garde,” said student Devin Hershey, 21. “Like he could take a button and explore it in 20 different ways.”

But others expressed their concerns to the Daily News. “I feel he has a lot to teach. But the New School has such a history with Jewish studies and Jewish professors, it’s a little contradictory. I don’t know what went on when administrators were discussing it,” said Amanda Law, 20, and a junior.

“But a lot of students will look past that and just see his body of work.”

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  • gordon

    The use of the word “once” is strange? Can one write, for example,” Madoff once imprisoned fraudster” ? certainly not !
    Let some decent time pass before trying to scrub this offender too clean after such a serious offence from a public person.

  • Peter

    He has made a sincere apology and worked with the ADL to overcome his past. Forgive and move forward. He has a lot to contribute.

  • If Galliano has something worthwhile to teach, then study with him. I betcha he’ll watch his mouth this time around. One anti-Semetic word out of his mouth, and Galliano seals his own fate. Besides…Italians and Jews have always been close friends. He should have known better, but let’s give this guy a chance to redeem himself.

    I’m a Jew who was raised in an Italian neighborhood in West Philadelphia (65th & HAVERFORD) for most of my youth. YOU COULDN’T HAVE BETTER – AND MORE LOYAL – FRIENDS!! And their girls are beautiful!!

  • Jonathan Sievers

    An unmitigated ass. Why anyone would give credence to this fool is beyond me.

  • richard sherman

    By the words coming from his own mouth he proved he is just as much an antisemite as Muhammad and Hitler…It is a disgrace that any school that purports to teach would hire him.