New York college cancels workshop with designer John Galliano

Wed May 8, 2013 6:15pm EDT
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By Jonathan Allen

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Fashion designer John Galliano, who was fired by Christian Dior over his anti-Semitic tirades, lost another job after Parsons The New School for Design canceled his workshop because they could not agree on conditions for a "candid conversation" with students.

Last month, the college booked the British designer, once one of the most revered talents in the fashion world, to teach a workshop called "Show Me Emotion." His hiring drew complaints from some students who said the school should not employ someone who had been convicted of a hate crime.

The school announced on Tuesday that the class had been canceled.

"An important element of the planned workshop with John Galliano was a candid conversation about the connection between his professional work and his actions in the world at large," the school said in a statement.

"Unfortunately, we could not reach consensus with Mr. Galliano on the conditions of this conversation, and the program could not move forward," the school said.

A spokeswoman for Parsons would not comment further on the disagreement or whether the complaints, including an online petition with over 2,000 signatories against Galliano's visit, had affected the decision.

Liz Rosenberg, Galliano's publicist, said in an email on Wednesday, "John will not be commenting nor will I on his behalf. So sorry."

In 2011, a French court convicted Galliano for making "public insults based on origin, religious affiliation, race or ethnicity" after two episodes at a café near his Paris home in which he used anti-Semitic slurs while arguing with other customers. The court gave him a suspended fine of 6,000 euros (US$8,000), which he will have to pay only if he is convicted of a similar offence.   Continued...

British designer John Galliano appears at the end of his Spring/Summer 2011 women's collection during Paris Fashion Week in this October 1, 2010 file photo. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier/Files