John Galliano To Teach Master Class at Parsons
Can we call this a comeback? John Galliano will teach a short-run course in fashion design theory at Parsons, The New School for Design in New York. The disgraced designer will head-up a master class series called “Show Me Emotion" on an unspecified date.
On Sunday, the college sent its senior BFA fashion design candidates an email announcing the course, reports Lucky magazine. It outlined the class as one that “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 message also detailed the course’s stringent application process. Lucky writes that students must submit “faculty recommendations, a short essay or video, a visualization supporting their entry, and [hold] a minimum 3.0 GPA,” for consideration.
Whispers of Galliano’s academic aspirations began swirling back in February, when it was rumored that he was considering a brief residency at either Parsons or Central Saint Martins in London. A poster for “Show Me Emotion” can be viewed at Parsons’s website.
In a statement issued to The Daily Beast, a spokesperson for Parsons explained: "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."