Posted by: Rachel Iwaniec
After much debate, it appears that the public is not ready to forgive John Galliano. On Tuesday of this past week, Parsons the New School for Design retracted its invitation to Mr. Galliano to teach a four-day master class in the coming semester. The school described the workshop as an opportunity for students to have an intimate conversation with the controversial designer, which was to include discourse of his ultimate demise in the fashion industry.
In addition to students’ outrage at the possibility of Mr. Galliano teaching at Parsons, a spokesperson for the school claimed that the size and make-up of the class was the ultimate issue that “broke the camel’s back”, so to speak. Apparently, the two parties could not find a middle ground. At the end of the day, none of us are surprised to hear that both Parsons and Mr. Galliano acknowledged that such an event was probably not such a good idea. With too much at stake for both parties, it looks like it will take a bit longer until Mr. Galliano can come out of hiding.
Posted by: Rachel Iwaniec
Gossip surrounding Balenciaga has finally gone dormant. Mr. Wang was a success at his first presentation for the fashion house. It’s as though nothing had ever happened. But rewind the clock to November of last year and the only thing people were talking about was Nicolas Ghesquiere’s decision to step down as creative director of Balenciaga. After countless prodigious collections, Mr. Ghesquiere’s reason for leaving was mystifying. No one understood why he would leave.
Fast forward to the moment we have all been waiting for, Mr. Ghesquiere has finally decided to speak up about his reasons for leaving Balenciaga. In his first interview since the separation, Ghesquiere sits down with Jonathan Wingfield for System Magazine. He states, “Everything became an asset for the brand, trying to make it ever more corporate – it was all about branding”. With this demand for an increase in sales came a disregard for talent and creativity. Mr. Ghesquiere describes this process as “dehumanizing”.
While merchandising is a critical component to brand success, it must be bolstered by a strong creative will and vice versa. These two elements are required to establish and maintain a successful fashion house. However, the question remains, is a brand’s status more important than the creative forces behind it? Mr. Ghesquiere believes that the answer is no and that a both parties can successfully co-exist and guide each other through the process.