Parsons the New School for Design announced on Tuesday that it has pulled the plug on a string of classroom discussions held by famed designer John Galliano, originally scheduled to take place in the coming weeks. The school received a number of complaints—including an online petition with over 2,000 signatures—to bar Galliano from the institution in light of the anti-Semitic remarks that got him fired from Dior two years ago.
According to Reuters, students from the school complained that it should not employ someone who had been convicted of a hate crime.
In a statement released to the press, Deborah Kirschner, a spokeswoman for the school, said “We could not reach consensus with Mr. Galliano on the conditions of this conversation, and the program could not move forward.”
A source close to the school told The New York Times that talks had fallen through not because of Galliano’s tarnished reputation, but issues related to the size and audience of the classes.
Still, we imagine those hateful remarks will follow Mr. Galliano to his grave. Kudos to the fashion industry for standing up against hate.