The once-disgraced designer returns to fashion… school, that is.
In an email to Parsons students published by Dis magazine, course administrators describe how 20 seniors on the BFA fashion programme will be selected to participate in the three-day workshop, where they will “engage with Galliano in all aspects of the creative process, including the intense pressure of sustainable a role [sic] at the very top of the design world.”
The news follows on from reports of Galliano’s appearance at Central Saint Martins in March, where the ex-Dior designer met with second-year students from the BA in Womenswear Fashion program.
Galliano has kept a mostly low profile since his 2001 anti-Semitic outburst in Paris. He’s since popped up at Oscar de la Renta’s studio, where he quietly worked for a few weeks on the autumn/winter 2013 collection and has been absolved by the Anti-Defamation League for his sins.
The Parsons job marks his first public appointment in the world of fashion – and even if it’s only for a university post, Parsons is still one of the most high-profile fashion schools in the world.
Reactions on Twitter to the appointment have ranged from envy and ecstacy to… the other side of the spectrum, to say the least.
Now I want to go to Parsons and meet the genius #Galliano
— adela cechova (@AdelaMissPink) April 22, 2013
It’s confirmed that Galliano’s teaching at Parsons. Courses will include Anti-Semitism 101 & Intro to doing coke lines off a dress form.
— Emily (@Emmahcodee) April 22, 2013
new yorkers: who’s gonna protest the galliano masterclass at parsons with me
— Hari Nef (@harinef) April 22, 2013
@tawwoods honestly john galliano teaching there is the only reason i have decided to return to parsons
— Daniel Abbott (@theealterboy) April 22, 2013