Parsons' BFA candidates were in for a surprise this morning when they got an email saying John Galliano had accepted a teaching position at the school. Galliano, who recently ended a two-year absence from the fashion world with a residency at Oscar de la Renta, will conduct a master class called "Show Me Emotion!" Can't you just see him shouting that from the dryboard? If anyone knows about emotion, it's Galliano; he elicited plenty of it with his anti-Semitic outbursts two years ago.
By "provoking the power of emotion in the context of fashion practice and exploration of intuitive, perceptive manners of investigational making," the immersive course—which sounds a little like a cross between Hogwarts and Fame—includes a 3-day workshop with the designer and a final day of critique and conversation with Galliano, along with the school's dean, Simon Collins. Students will be selected from a pool of applicants based on a short essay or video, faculty recommendations, a "visualization," and at least a 3.0 GPA.
In a statement, the school said: "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." Professor Galliano—it does have a certain ring to it.