Shocking news from across the pond tonight: Fashionista is reporting that Parsons has cancelled John Galliano's workshop. The website has posted an email which was sent to New School students regarding the three-day master class, which was due to be lead by the disgraced designer.
'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,' the email states. 'Ultimately, an agreement could not be reached with Mr. Galliano regarding the details of that forum, and so the program will not move forward.' Uh oh.
It was only a few weeks ago that Grazia Daily was reporting on Galliano's next move as a teacher at The New School for Design in New York. The course, titled Show Me Emotion, was described as 'a dynamic and intimate opportunity for students to learn from an immensely talented designer,' and 'engage in a frank conversation with Mr. Galliano about the challenges and complications of leading a design house in the 21st century.'
However, an online petition soon popped up demanding that the design school drop Galliano as a teacher - to date, it's received over 2,000 signatures. It argues that it’s 'disgraceful' for Parsons to recruit the controversial designer who was arrested and subsequently sacked from Dior for making anti-Semitic slurs just two years ago.
So is the outcry to blame for the workshop being called off? Or was it a case of Galliano refusing to be quite as frank as they'd hoped? Ah well, there's always Central Saint Martins...
Read the full letter sent to students on Fashionista.com.