The latest Galliano news…
I see a few different sides, as I’d like to give Mr. Galliano the benefit of the doubt on this one.
Undoubtedly, he expresses himself through his art, being as gifted as he is. He is a living master of the art of dress.
People are offended and are particularly sensitive given his past remarks. Would we think twice about his outfit choice if he hasn’t made those drunken offensive and hurtful comments? Probably not.
(On a side note, Gaultier many years back, did an incredibly beautiful collection inspired by the dress of the Hasidim.)
Galliano’s outfit choice can be taken as an homage to this style of dress and to the culture and tradition of the Jewish people (which he did absolutely offend, and subsequently apologized and sought treatment for).
Perhaps his choice was a nod or an appreciation to this culture, instead of the “fuck you” the media seems to be taking it as.
It might not have been the most tasteful of choices given his history, but Galliano is certainly one to push boundaries, oftentimes in exceedingly beautiful ways.
Or, it could’ve very well have been a big “fuck you” to Dior, the media, the Jewish people, and so on. I tend to think this isn’t the case.
I find the jokes on the internet about Galliano’s offensive bacon eating etc. childish and not very well executed. Yes, all eyes are on Galliano now. I believe that there’s a graceful way about re-entering the haute couture world, because isn’t grace what it’s all about?
My mother said something very interesting to me after the whole Galliano tirade meltdown. We talked about our culture and how vitriolic comments seem to be bubbling up in the mainstream more and more lately. Of course she was as disgusted as I was over his comments.
She brought up Hitler and the Holocaust and reminded me of the thousands and thousands of other people that were also exterminated by the Nazis. Homosexuals were also put to death in huge numbers. Mr. Galliano must’ve forgotten this horrible caveat on that very ugly night.
Needless to say, Galliano’s drunken verbal assault was nothing short of a sloppy, insensitive, nonsensical mess of epic proportions.
I’d like to think that he’s dedicated himself to a lifelong path of sobriety and healing. He is an incredibly gifted talent. I believe, of course, he deserves to create again. The world glitters less when his mastery is suppressed.
As for this latest controversy, I will continue to watch his expressions verbally and through his craft.
The world is watching. I can only hope he finds and celebrates the grace and inner beauty we all know that he has inside of himself.