Fashion News – John Galliano, A Reply & Response

Last night some of you may have noticed I was a bit angry at the return of Galliano last night, allow me to quote The Guardian from their piece at his court case as a hint to why he had upset me in the first place . .

“a French couple having a beer outside La Perle bar in Paris’s Marais district said he repeatedly insulted them with lines including “fucking ugly Jewish bitch” and “fucking Asian bastard”. Geraldine Bloch, 35, said he first asked her to shut up, then criticised her clothes, hair, thighs, eyebrows and makeup. He made 30 anti-Jewish insults in the space of 45 minutes, she said. Another woman said he made similar insults to her in the same bar in October.”

Just to refresh your memory over the trial verdict . .

The former couturier was found guilty of “public insults” based on origin, religion, race or ethnicity after two incidents in February 2011 and last year.

Now a couple of things here, his crime was not a one off, this was a sustained, disgusting stream of hate, and not for the first time. If you build your own history of showing racism and prejudice, of using anti-Semitism on a daily basis you don’t get to pretend it’s not in your character.

You don’t get to say you had drink & drug issues, or claim it was pressure, I have known addicts, and worked with them at times as well as two of my very best friends fighting the cruel nature of addiction. Not once did their addiction make them give repeated hate filled rants in this way. Many people in life face pressure, is the world full of hatred and vile difference.

No it is clearly not.

By using these pillars of defence Galliano insults everyone fighting addiction, he abuses the struggles of them, and the people around them. No drink or drug exposes something that wasn’t in you when it comes to prejudice.

But also there was no remorse, it was him painting himself as a poor little designer who had lost control, where was the heartfelt guilt at his actions the 1st or 2nd time he allegedly (and judicially agreed) behaved like this. How come it took exposure for him to know it was wrong. For him to suddenly seek treatment and help when facing court, a possible jail spell or a fine, when his career looked doomed?

His return to the fashion fold, and I hold Kate Moss & Vogue to account on this is about how he has suffered, it’s never about what pain he caused his victims, well that’s if it even gets mentioned. Report after report yesterday didn’t mention why he needed “a return”.

This is a dark day for fashion, an acceptance that time not remorse will allow a return, that you can do what you want as long as you keep people on side. Just ask those taking to twitter to cheer the return of the king. Well here at FW Towers there was not a cheer, there were the words of Lady Gaga ringing in our ears . .

Prejudice is a disease. So is fashion. But I will not wear prejudice.

There was also a response, we have often spoken out here about the issue in the industry, in fact next week we roll out our next campaign to change parts of it, we have in our mission statement that fashion should be for all, that it should be something we can be proud of, right now part of this industry doesn’t feel like that, from Jourdon Dunn tweeting that she gets turned down because of her race, to this event, it makes us here in the discussion we had last night feel very sad indeed, but there is one promise that was made by me as Quasi-Editor.

“I’ll feature John Galliano on this site when they prise the keyboard out of my cold dead hands”

About Ross Pollard

Since starting writing on my 31st birthday in 2011 I have held a number of positions at magazines and websites as well as regularly producing articles for numerous publications alongside contributing to TV & radio shows as a freelance fashion journalist including Hoxton Radio & Fashion One TV. Alongside writing, I have worked in other industries helping to design & grow digital platforms, develop businesses and support operations practices. This experience has proved invaluable in building an understanding of how businesses work, and the landscape in which retail, B2B commerce and other commercial operations develop. Knowledge of commercial interests has helped shape my fashion industry insights beyond critiquing of garments

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