John Galliano might deserve an apology.
Although he’s still coming off as extremely oblivious to how offensive he looked, in a recent press release from Galliano’s rep, the designer’s controversial “Hasidic Jewish Costume” was finally explained.
Although the outfit landed John Galliano on the cover of the NY Post being called a “SCHMUCK,” they may have overlooked the fact that John was not stepping very far outside of his usual wardrobe.
In a statement to WWD, Galliano’s rep told the publication:
“As you well know, John has worn big hats and long coats for many, many years. He indeed has long curly hair, and I can understand people/the NY Post misinterpreting his look at the show. But I can assure you there was no intent to dress in a Hasidic style, to present himself as an homage to the Hasidic community or to insult the Jewish culture or pay tribute to people in 17th century Poland on John’s part — consciously or unconsciously. His attire included a Steven Jones hat, Yohji Yamamoto trousers, Brooks Brothers shirt, Dolce & Gabbana vest. In other words — fashionable. The last thing on John’s mind would be to do anything that would offend the Jewish community.”
In our humble opinion, it just seems like after being shunned from the fashion community because of Anti-Semitic comments, you would expect John to be extra careful about everything he does.
Did he get to the point where he stopped thinking about it? It’s a possibility, but even if his outfit was not meant to offend, it still came off as insensitive.
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