Todays sunday edition comes from the heart as it combines both parts of my life, the worlds of fashion and anti-fascism. Today I point my column at John Galliano. I like many others have been appalled that a year after his disgraceful comments in a Paris bar and the legal case hat followed, he was treated like a returning son at fashion week.
Let us not forget this is a man that subjected a couple to a 45 minute anti semitic & racist rant
Let us not forget he tried to sue the couple for defamation
Let us not forget he was fined a paltry 6000 euros, hardly a bank breaking punishment
Let us not forget many of his contracts where not cancelled
Let us not forget he tried to blame drink & drugs.
It is to be acknowledged that fashion has previous here, its well known that Hugo Boss designed and made most of the uniforms for the Nazis, he started funding them in the 1920’s, Coco Chanel spied for the Reich and sold out people. This was at a time though when extremism was tragically the norm, even the King of England was pro-Hitler, Wallis Simpson mellowed his views thankfully. But we are not in that world today.
Since the War we have moved on, now this kind of vile behaviour has become side-lined, its become the exception not the norm. We’ve made great strides as a civilisation.
So why is fashion that has enough troubles over its practices, sweat shops, human rights, workers rights, environmental issues, model size and diversity to name a few not kicked him to the curb. The fashion bubble has always existed, but this is a double edged problem, fashion has allowed him back, and people are buying his designs.Answers on a postcard as to why.
When I was thinking about this blog post there was a Lady Gaga quote that came to mind, it seems fitting to end on what should be a fashion mission statement. . . .
“Prejudice is a disease. So is fashion. But I will not wear prejudice”