John Galliano

02/03/2011

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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…

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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…

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7 comments:

  1. I think you summed that up beautifully.

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  2. You said it very well. It's terrifying when you realize how quickly everything can change, even for one of the most talented designers in the world. Thank you for the retrospective on Galliano's true genius work.
    Ada

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  3. Natalie, I understand your feelings very well and also am heartbroken over the recent developments at Dior. I am also deeply saddened by the careers of so many brought down by the careless words John spoke. Let's not forget about this people too. I can have a very long conversation with you with regards to the entire situation and I hope one day we can sit down and talk over a cup of coffee. The things Galliano said were beyond terrible and it is doesn't matter if it was a set up: the things he said should have never even crossed his mind. Why this particular topic? Why Jews?..Having this said I have reconciled with in myself to separate persona from creative genius. There is God and there is Devil who live in all of us. His brilliant genius will never be forgotten. In 50 years he will be looked at much differently, he will be looked at as one of the greatest designers of the the century. I choose to live his personal beliefs outside of this spectrum. I have met him, you know. And he was very kind and generous to me. I will keep his gift close to my heart and cherish it with all my soul.I understand your pain and I almost feel it because I have the same pain that feels almost impossible to sustain in times. You know, I am writing this and crying. I am looking at his work and am overcome with such strong emotion...I wrote a letter to him yesterday and hope it will reach him. He is not alone, Natalie. He has very close friends who love and support him no matter what and they are by his side now. Thank you for writing this post. I can only imagine how difficult it was to word your feelings to world that is deeply flawed and judgemental.

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  4. I'm still a little stunned and perhaps in denial of all of this. I've pretty much chosen to ignore all further reports that have come in, but to me it definitely reeks of a set-up and of people gaining from a bit of celebrity defamation. As you know, I observed and saw him quite recently and he was very low-key, polite and gentle. I'd venture you really would have to deeply provoke and drug this guy in order to get that kind of reaction. I'm very saddened that instead of showing support or defending him, his employers instead chose to back away and save their own skin. Yes, it's a business, but to me, firing someone who's been with you for over 15 years just makes the corporation look even more unprofessional.

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  5. Natalie, I also thought I would direct you here : http://emperorsoldclothes.blogspot.com/ with my recommendation to read very carefully the last few posts and comments as they come from the insiders of the industry and give you an insight in what is behind the curtain on the subject. In addition, I am wholeheartedly hsare the view of the owner of the Blog, Fluff Chance, on JG events.

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  6. wow. this was well articulated, indeed. i wish he hadn't opened his mouth, i wish he hadn't been fired...i have a feeling he'll be back, though. but only after a very sincere and very public apology. at least...that's what i hope.

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  7. Thank you for your commentary. I feel terrible about John Galliano myself, and just cannot believe that he believed the words he said to those people. I also believe he was set up and that they angered him so much that he was provoked to just through out the worst things he oould think of to say to hurt those people who, how conveniently for them, just happened to have a camera at the ready. I pray that John Galliano is acquitted of those charges and that he gets back to doing what he said that he loves, which is the creation of beauty. Genius and kindness, which I am told he has in abundance, are becoming rarer in this cruel world.

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