Galliano invited to teach master class at Parsons

24th April 2013, Comments 0 comments

Disgraced fashion designer John Galliano, who has kept a low profile since his 2011 conviction in France over an anti-Semitic rant, has been invited to give classes at a top New York school.

The Parsons School of Design in Manhattan said Wednesday that the British couturier, whose legal problems led to his sacking at Christian Dior, would speak about the challenges of leading a fashion house in the 21st century.

The three-day master class given by Galliano in the coming weeks would provide a "dynamic and intimate opportunity for our students to learn from an immensely talented designer," the school said in a statement.

"We believe that over the past two years, Mr Galliano has demonstrated a serious intent to make amends for his past actions."

The 52-year-old Galliano, who spent nearly 15 years at Dior, is widely considered to be one of the most brilliant fashion minds of his generation.

He blamed the anti-Semitic outburst on drink and drug problems and went into rehab for two months.

But Galliano again created buzz in February at New York Fashion Week, when the collection of Oscar de la Renta -- who had invited the Briton to spend time in his workshop -- was seen as including a few Galliano-esque flourishes.

The New York Post caused a stir by publishing a photo of Galliano in what appeared to be a very trendy version of the ultra-orthodox Hasidic Jewish garb, suggesting the designer was trying to insult Jews.

But others quickly interpreted the get-up as a fashionista's way of paying homage, and the Anti-Defamation League, which is always on the look-out for anti-Semitism, declared the story entirely concocted.

© 2013 AFP

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