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Designer John Galliano to teach at Parsons

Call him "Professor Galliano."

Designer John Galliano to teach at Parsons

FILE - In this Feb. 27, 2007 file photo, fashion designer John Galliano appears at the end of the presentation of the Christian Dior fall-winter 2007/2008 ready to wear collection in Paris. Galliano is planning to teach a master class some time this spring at Parsons The New School of Design in New York. The college said in a statement Monday, April 22, 2013, that the workshop will allow students to have a ìfrank conversationî with Galliano. Galliano was the creative director at Christian Dior when he was fired in 2011 for making anti-Semitic comments, a crime in France. He is currently involved in a lawsuit against his former employer.  (AP Photo/Remy de la Mauviniere, File, File)
FILE - In this Feb. 27, 2007 file photo, fashion designer John Galliano appears at the end of the presentation of the Christian Dior fall-winter 2007/2008 ready to wear collection in Paris. Galliano is planning to teach a master class some time this spring at Parsons The New School of Design in New York. The college said in a statement Monday, April 22, 2013, that the workshop will allow students to have a ìfrank conversationî with Galliano. Galliano was the creative director at Christian Dior when he was fired in 2011 for making anti-Semitic comments, a crime in France. He is currently involved in a lawsuit against his former employer. (AP Photo/Remy de la Mauviniere, File, File) AP

Call him "Professor Galliano."

Parsons confirmed Monday to the Associated Press and Lucky Magazine that John Galliano will be teaching a masters class at the New School of Design in New York City. The course is designed to instruct students on the "challenges and complications" of directing a fashion house. Parsons says it will allow senior BFA candidates to have direct conversations with the mysterious, elusive designer as part of a 3-day workshop.

The move brings Galliano one step closer to his imminent return to fashion. The designer, who was fired in 2011 from his post as Dior creative director after an anti-Semitic rant caught on video at a Parisian cafe, has slowly started to reemerge in public after an extended period of isolation and rehab stint.

Earlier this year, Oscar de la Renta propelled buzz surrounding Galliano's return to fashion after tapping the talent to help with his spring 2013 show. Unfortunately, it wasn't the fashions featured on the runway that made its way to front pages.

Galliano was snapped exiting the show in a look that resembled the dress and hairstyle of a Hasidic Jew. Parsons says it believes the designer, however, has made amends for his past transgressions.

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