Today, senior BFA candidates studying fashion at Parsons The New School for Design received e-mails confirming the teaching position John Galliano was first rumored to be pursuing back in February. Galliano, who recently returned to the fashion world with a residency at Oscar de la Renta, will engage students in a masterclass series called "SHOW ME EMOTION!" As described by the school, "SHOW ME EMOTION!" seeks to engage its participants by provoking the power of emotion in context of fashion practice and exploration of intuitive, perceptive manners of investigational making." The intensive session includes a 3-day workshop with the designer and a final day of critique and conversation with Galliano and Simon Collins, Dean of the School of Fashion.
Participants will be chosen based on pre-submissions of their work along with required faculty recommendations, a short essay or video, a visualization supporting their entry and a minimum 3.0 GPA. It is no doubt a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for those chosen, especially considering Galliano’s mastery of tailoring, fabric manipulation, imagination and design.
Of course, the school will certainly face some backlash given Galliano’s anti-semitic rant that ostracized him from the community and sent him to rehab. The weight of his words are still heavy on many in the fashion world and here in New York City.
Update, April 22, 2013:
When reached for comment, The New School replied: "An invaluable part of a Parsons education is the opportunity to learn from the world’s leading designers, from Donna Karan and Diane Von Furstenberg to Olivier Theyskens. The planned master class with John Galliano will be a dynamic and intimate opportunity for our students to learn from an immensely talented designer. We believe that over the past two years Galliano has demonstrated a serious intent to make amends for his past actions, and as part of this workshop, Parsons students will 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."
What do you think? Is it wise for Parsons to offer the designer his next step, or should they have thought differently? Sound off in the comments below.
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