Was Galliano's 'Hasidic' get-up an insult to Jews?
The designer convicted of anti-Semitism has outraged New York's Jewish community with a new look
BRITISH designer John Galliano, who was convicted of anti-Semitism two years ago, has been accused of being "deliberately insulting" by dressing like a Hasidic Jew.
The disgraced designer, who was filmed making anti-Semitic remarks in a Paris café two years ago, left his New York apartment on Monday wearing a long black jacket and a grey homburg hat. His hair appeared to be arranged in peyos – "the long side-locks grown by the Hasidic faithful", reports the New York Post.
Galliano was on his way to Oscar de la Renta's studio, where he has spent the past three weeks helping the 80-year-old American designer prepare the collection he showed at New York Fashion Week on Tuesday night.
Isaac Abraham, a leader of the Jewish community in the Williamsburg area of New York, told the Post that Galliano's appearance was a deliberate attempt to "embarrass people in the Jewish community and make money on clothes while dressed like people he has insulted. It looks like the hairstyle he added was done purposely to insult," Abraham said.
But Galliano's publicist, Liz Rosenberg, dismissed the claims saying the designer's look was nothing more than "high fashion". And because she's a fashion publicist, she revealed that outfit comprised a Stephen Jones hat, Yohji Yamamoto trousers, a Brooks Brothers shirt and a Dolce & Gabbana waistcoat.
The Anti-Defamation League also sprang to Galliano's defence, saying "his dress is always eccentric" and his appearance bore absolutely no resemblance to Orthodox Jewish attire. A League spokesman said Galliano had "spent hours" meeting with Rabbis and Holocaust survivors since his conviction.
The website Fashionista said: "To be fair, Galliano always kinda dresses like a Hasidic pirate. But there's no question that this outfit –and especially that hat –wasn't the best look to be 'papped' in after having announced a comeback of sorts."
It's a message Galliano appears to have heard. The designer was photographed the following day wearing a very different look comprised of camouflage trousers, thick spectacles and a floppy woollen hat.