(1960; UK) John Galliano was born in Gibraltar and he moved to London when he was a child. In 1984 he obtained a degree at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design. His degree collection entitled Les Incroyables, inspired by the French Revolution, gained positive reviews and was bought by fashion retailer Joan Burnstein for resale in the London fashion boutique Browns. In 1990 Galliano moved to Paris searching for new sponsors since in London his collections were considered too much “unconventional” and not easily marketable. In 1995 he entered LVMH circuit and he was appointed as chief fashion designer at Givenchy.
Two years later he was installed as Artistic Director of the Maison Dior, although he continued to create his own collections at mid-season. His ability to portrait historical periods became a peculiar feature of his style. Among his most famous collections we can find Blanche Dubois in 2008, inspired by the movie “A streetcar named desire” and performed by Kate Moss, in 1992 Napoleon and Josephine, inspired by their love story and in 1993 Princess Lucrezia inspired by the Russian noblewoman. His love of femininity is central to his creations. On February 25, 2011 he was arrested in Paris for drunkenness, violent behavior and anti-Semitic insults. On March 2nd 2001 he was fired from Christian Dior after a video showing him visibly drunk.
Today Bill Gaytten, Galliano’s former assistant, is the label’s new creative director and the responsible for Galliano’s collections, property of LVMH group.