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May 8, 2013 12:19 pm

Galliano’s Parsons Gig Canceled

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John Galliano.

John Galliano’s posting as a teacher at a New York design school has ended before it even got a chance to begin. The designer was supposed to lead a three-day master class called “SHOW ME EMOTION,” but according to an e-mail sent to students at Parsons The New School for Design, Galliano and the school couldn’t come to terms on the nature of a forum that would include a “frank discussion” about his career’s “trajectory.”

Below is a transcript of the email:

To the Parsons community:

We are writing to follow-up on messages we shared with you on April 26 about the planned workshop with John Galliano. 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. Ultimately, an agreement could not be reached with Mr. Galliano regarding the details of that forum, and so the program will not move forward.

As we have expressed over the past weeks, a critical element of a New School education is the connection between creative and intellectual invention and an individual’s actions in the world at large. While we understand the pressures Mr. Galliano faces, we expected to invite students, faculty and staff to ask Mr. Galliano how his trajectory as a designer was changed by his offensive remarks and to learn from that example.

We continue to believe there is room at Parsons to explore Mr. Galliano’s efforts to make amends for his actions and that members of our community will decide for themselves how to view his contributions. It is certain this would not have been an easy or comfortable conversation but our mission is to provide uncommon learning opportunities that transcend the boundaries of the disciplines. We apologize to those students who anticipated participating in the workshop and to all those who looked forward to engaging Mr. Galliano in discussion.

Over the last several weeks, many members of the university community wrote to express their views about this visit. Regardless of your opinion, you remind us all that it is our commitment to debate, and our willingness to support the possibility of change, that makes Parsons and The New School such an extraordinary place to learn.

It’s signed by David E. Van Zandt, Tim Marshall, and Joel Towers, the president, provost, and executive dean, respectively.

Galliano was at the top of the fashion world when in 2011 he was caught on camera making anti-Semitic remarks. He was summarily spurned by the fashion world and even fined by a court in Paris.

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.

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  • Tabitha Korol

    I”m a long-ago graduate of FIT, so I took a special interest in the situation. What elegance! I notice that some comments above are eager to accept a quick apology from the designer, but this situation requires more. It requires sincere atonement to make up for a wrong against an entire people – not just a flip response because he lost the job he coveted. Parsons has done so much in a moment to elevate its stature in the fashion business and the world at large. Compare that with the Universities that have been hosting hate fests of BDS against Israel! Parsons, you have every right to hold your head up proudly! Kudos.

  • Apology from a French Anti-Semite is worth less than spit.

  • Ric Blum

    Parsons is a professional art and design school that specializes in the fashion degree ( along with other areas in fine art and design.) It happens to be very fashionable now to hate Jews worldwide. Take for example the invalid scholarly professor Stephen Hawkings recent withdrawal from the Israeli conference he was scheduled to be part of in the United Kingdom.

    I would never have expected the administration at Parsons to have the kind of dignity it takes to step up to the plate and put an anti-Semite exactly in the place he deserves to be, which is to say no where, and notwithstanding that pathetic homo-sapien’s fashionably high popularity with anti-Semites and other ignoramuses, generally speaking. So, I must admit a certain degree of relief to read about their action to dismiss the jerk-off.

  • Joel

    I had never heard of John Galliano until now.

  • Judy Abeles Eliasov

    Once in a While- the powers that be, behave in a responsible manner and not kowtau to the pressure of popular antisemitic expression as being acceptable. May this act be the first of many, and other “timid” institutions follow suit. Well done Parsons and New School

  • Jo-Ann Morris

    Thank You for cancelling his position.

  • Jacqueline

    Good for the design school Just as Mel gibbons career is in they toilet these people are very ungrateful for the talent and fame that G-d gave them.

  • What are we Jews supposed to do now: accept his apology and let bygones be bygones or make this guy suffer for the rest of his life for a slip of the tongue? I say: we have lived with this from day one and really, it’s to our credit that all the criticism Jews have faced from time immemorial has mostly served to make us stronger. No other country on the face of the earth would seriously take on Israel: they know that the IAF wouldn’t leave more than crumbs on the plate. It will be to our credit to stop behaving like a cranky child. We can take a heluva lot more than de Renta can dish out!

  • Peter

    Mr. Galliano has sincerely apologized for, and taken responsibility for his actions that got him fired. He should be admired for the courage it took to sincerely apologize and take responsibility for his actions. I wish him only the best and hope that he is able to re-establish himself in the fashion world.

  • Once in a while notwithstanding the efforts of liberals, the antismites lose. This is one of those times.

  • E Pluribus Beagle

    “Galliano was at the top of the fashion world when in 2011 he was caught on camera making anti-Semitic remarks.”

    A screaming drunken antisemitic tirade at complete strangers in public in the middle of the day