Gonna just play this straight: Earlier today, senior students in Parsons' BFA fashion program received an email announcing a new masterclass series taught by John Galliano, reports Lucky magazine's John Jannuzzi.
Galliano's future has been uncertain for the past two years, ever since the designer was fired from his position at Dior and his namesake brand (both labels are owned by luxury conglomerate LVMH), following the release of a video which showed him going off on an anti-Semitic, racist and simply vile drunken tirade in a Paris cafe (hate speech is a crime in France, and Galliano was later found guilty).
And so he is! The course will actually be called SHOW ME EMOTION, which is hilarious and probably a bit of a misstep. You'd think that with the production of Zoolander 2 on the horizon, Galliano would want to make it harder for haters to make him the butt of their jokes (the original installment of the film franchise parodied the designer's 2000 Dior collection, which was inspired by homeless people).
As described by the school: "[This class] 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." ("Perceptive manners of investigational making," I can't.) The course has a rigorous selection process; in addition to submitting samples of their works, the application requires “faculty recommendations, a short essay or video, a visualization supporting their entry, and a minimum 3.0 GPA.” Galliano does not tolerate mediocrity.
Collage via WENN, Parsons course poster