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  • Writer's pictureClaudio Fibonacci

Confronting Shadows: The Journey of John Galliano from Highs to Lows

In High & Low: John Galliano, a Genius Faces His Demons

In High & Low: John Galliano, a Genius Faces His Demons

There’s a little hidden park, Le Jardin des Rosiers–Joseph-​Migneret, in the heart of the Marais in Paris. The secluded spot takes its name from the principal of a local elementary school, who—after witnessing the roundup of 165 of his Jewish students in 1942—committed himself to the anti-Nazi resistance and scrambled to keep as many other young people from the gas chambers as he could. “N’oubliez pas!” commands a plaque in the park. “Do not forget!”

Background of the Story

A leisurely 10-minute stroll away from Le Jardin des Rosiers–Joseph-Migneret, you will find La Perle, a hip brasserie where an incident involving John Galliano took place in 2011. The man, then creative director of Dior, made shocking and hateful remarks under the influence of alcohol, leading to a video capturing the disturbing incident.

The Documentary: High & Low

Kevin Macdonald’s documentary delves into the complex character of John Galliano, exploring his rise as a fashion designer, the incident at La Perle, and his journey of redemption and self-discovery.

Key Points

  1. Exploration of Galliano’s artistry and impact on the fashion industry.

  2. Analysis of the pressures and struggles faced by Galliano as a creative director.

  3. Examination of the intersection between addiction and antisemitism in Galliano’s behavior.

Reflection and Redemption

The film presents a kaleidoscopic view of Galliano’s life, showcasing his highs as a designer and lows in personal conduct. It raises questions about accountability, forgiveness, and the complexities of human nature.

Notable Quotes

“What do you do with someone like John Galliano? What I like to say is, ‘We don’t do cancel culture—we do counsel culture.’” – Jonathan Greenblatt “There is life on the other side.” – John Galliano

Final Thoughts

John Galliano’s story serves as a reminder of the power of redemption and self-reflection. The documentary prompts viewers to contemplate the boundaries between condemnation and forgiveness, as well as the complexities of addressing bigotry and addiction in society.

Source: The original content is based on a real story with references to individuals and events.


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