John Galliano… Charming, mysterious, unforgettable and magnificent Brit. A St Martin’s Graduate who created a completely new, fresh, eccentric but totally perfect and flawless conception of fashion. Every new collection was always a storm, a theatrical performance rather than just a fashion show. Catwalk was his stage, his element, his life… He is a genius who revived and rejuvenated the House of Dior making it desirable for women who have years to live before they would hit menopause. He helped Dior discover a completely new Universe…
On 1st March 2011 John Galliano was dismissed from his position at Dior after a video of him making antisemitic remarks has appeared.
As I am typing these notes, the news and updates on John Galliano’s situation keep coming in from every corner of the world wide web.
At first, I wanted to keep my emotions and thoughts to myself, trying to be very British, you know. Then I tweeted… Eventually I realised that unless I sit down, write and share, I am going to have a small but very painful explosion in my chest area. Yes, that’s where tears and emotions are located.
I am not going to cry and I am not going to be sad for days to come, but whenever I hear his name or think of his works, I am going to have a knot in my throat over and over again.
Because I am devastated.
I am devastated that we just lost a genius. I am devastated that some people used Galliano’s name and status to gain publicity and earn some cash and THIS kind of behaviour is considered to be NORMAL. I am devastated that the world that’s been in love with the designer can suddenly turn against him. The latter frightens me the most because it yet again shows that “one day you are in - next day you are out” and ALONE.
I agree that the things he said in that video were horrifying and he needs to be responsible for what he said. But I can’t help asking myself (as if there’s any point of asking MYSELF these kind of questions…)
WHY Galliano even had to acknowledge those people? WHAT made him respond and talk to them?
WHY did they have to wait until he had two bottles of wine? WHY (while being so horribly offended) they still sounded cheerful enough AND felt like filming HIM? WHY did everyone want to remain anonymous?
WHY nobody ever questioned that the video was shared by the Sun, the paper with an integrity of a fly?
It makes me feel that the whole thing was a set up to provoke, to insult, to get a piece of HIS fame at ANY cost.
I hope these people can continue sleeping peacefully at night… Because frankly, I don’t think Galliano will be able to recover from such a humiliation. Yes, he IS enfant terrible, he did say things that make your hair stand up, but he is also an amazing one-of-a-kind talent, a creative soul and a genius.
And I am frightened that these last few days can break a fragile something that every creative person bears in their soul causing an unthinkable tragedy… Because trust me, it doesn’t take much to destroy a person, especially with a soul as sensitive as a true talent’s is.
Here’s what we are about to lose. Forever. Hurts? I bet it does…
Photo source: fashionising.com