John Galliano's publicist has rubbished claims that the former Dior designer dressed in Hasidic-style clothing to mock members of the religion.
Liz Rosenberg, his publicisit has denied that the designer dressed in an outfit resembling Hasidic clothing to deliberately antagonise the Jewish community following his conviction for making anti-Semitic remarks during a drunken tirade in 2011.
On Tuesday, Galliano was photographed making his way to Oscar de la Renta's catwalk show wearing what the New York Post insisted was an outfit and hairstyle reminiscent of that worn by Hasidic Jews.
In an email to WWD columnist Bridget Foley, Rosenberg asserted: "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."
Indeed Rosenberg insists that Galliano's supposedly offensive outfit was simply "fashionable", and made up of a Stephen Jones hat, Yohji Yamamoto trousers, Brooks Brothers shirt and 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," she said.
Rosenberg's explanation has been supported by the director of the Anti-Defamation League, which "seeks to stop the defamation of the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment to all citizens alike." Foley notes that Abraham H. Foxman wrote on the League's website that "Anyone familiar with the dress of traditional Orthodox Jews should not mistake what Galliano is wearing in the photograph as 'Hasidic garb', Hasidim do not wear fedora hats, pinstripe pants, blue jackets or an ascot tie."
Meanwhile, Galliano's contribution towards Oscar de la Renta's autumn/winter 2013 show has been lauded by the fashion world following his three-week residency at the legendary designer's New York studio. In recent weeks, de la Renta himself has spoken numerous times of Galliano's strong work ethic, immense creative talent and focus, something which has been echoed by the likes of Anna Wintour, who arranged the residency, and other key members of the fashion world.