So the unrepentantly-anti-Semitic-when-wasted designer John Galliano was supposed to teach this master fashion workshop at Parsons The New School For Design called “SHOW ME EMOTION!”. But then a cohort of tuition laden students decided they didn’t want to pay for the disgraced designer to start his comeback. So some anonymous students launched an anonymous petition on change.org requesting that the course not take place. And who knew—not I, I didn’t even report on the petition—but the democratic process worked and now Galliano will not be teaching “EMOTION” at Parsons after all.
Students were informed yesterday via e-mail that the workshop was cancelled. New York Magazine was sent a copy of the e-mail and here’s the meat of it:
…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…
The tweet version: Galliano treats school like the fashion press; refuses to engage in any real discussion of anything real. It’s nice to see that something of the ivory tower remains, even as the university system becomes Big Business. Good job, Parsons.