Sartorial Insult? Was John Galliano Mocking Jews With Hasidic-Style Outfit?
Are you paying attention, Mel Gibson? Fashion designer John Galliano’s got a real interesting idea when it comes to wriggling your way out of having a terrible reputation as an anti-Semite. Galliano, despite having disgraced himself back in 2011 for making anti-Semitic remarks in a Paris café, decided that it might be a good idea to go to his pal Oscar de la Renta’s Fashion Week show in New York, wearing an outfit strongly reminiscent of the outfits worn by Hasidic Jews.
Presumably aware that at some point during the day, he was likely to have his photo taken, the former Dior designer stepped out onto the streets of New York wearing a wide brimmed, homburg-style hat and with his hair curled into side-locks (“peyos”). Galliano has been helping Oscar De La Renta prepare for his 2013 fall collection show but last night, his own choice of outfit shocked the New York Jewish community.
A Williamsburg community leader, Isaac Abraham condemned what he deemed to be a sartorial insult, on Galliano’s part. “He’s trying to embarrass people in the Jewish community," Abraham told the New York Post "and make money on clothes [while] dressed like people he has insulted… If it was just anyone else, I wouldn’t know what to say. But considering who this guy is, considering his background and what he’s said in the past, let him explain it to all of us: Are you mocking us?”