John Galliano

John Galliano

John Galliano, is a Gibraltar-born British fashion designer. He was born in 1960 to a Gibraltarian father, Juan Galliano, and a Spanish mother, Anita. He has two sisters. His family moved to England in pursuit of work when Galliano was just six years old.

Galliano, possessing sharp, pointed features coveted by the fashion industry is not only handsome; he is an elite, talented fashion designer. Through his designs he reflects his own firery passion through his unique style and aesthetic.

In 1980, John Galliano began studying at St Martin's School of Art, now Central Saint Martin’s College of Arts and Design in London. During his time there, he was encouraged to pursue his dreams of becoming a world class fashion designer. In 1984, he graduated from St. Martin's School of Art where he was awarded First Class Honors. Drawing inspiration from the French Revolution, he held a fashion show for his own graduation design works the “LESIN-CROYABLES”. His works were so exquisite the people of Britain were in awe, having never seen anything quite like his designs. Immediately after the show, BROWNS, an influential British brand, bought his entire collection and proudly displayed them in stores, thus launching John Galliano into the spotlight, and paving the way for the John Galliano brand in England, and later, the world of fashion.

After his rapid rise to fame, John Galliano, confident in his designs soon opened his own studio in an old abandoned warehouse in East London. His style was unparalleled by other designers, he strived to create unique, innovative styles, that, at the time did not follow mainstream trends. He favored, irregular, multi-elemental features and extreme confronting visuals. He is one of very few designers who saw (and continues to see) fashion as a true art, rather than just a business.

In 1988, John Galliano was honored as the best designer in Britain for the first time. He would later go on to be crowned with this title again in 1994 and 1995. At his subsequent quarterly fashion show, he developed new ways to show the inner workings of a child’s mind, and released new collections in which his unique thoughts were vividly exhibited.

In July 1995, John Galliano started working for Givenchy, he was responsible for the design of Haute-Couture and Ready-to-wear fashion. This was a time to reflect on Galliano's ability to innovate elegant women's clothing and create a new and modern style. In 1997, he became the chief designer of Christian Dior, and succeeded in rejuvenating the Dior brand. John Galliano didn’t conform to stereotypes or trends, instead he challenged them, thus allowing him to breathe new life into Dior.

Galliano's Fall-Winter collection was released at the 2000 Haute Couture Fashion Week. This was Galliano's first exhibition of his accessories collection, and was shortly followed by his shoe collection released in the summer of 2001.

John Galliano’s style has been through tumultuous development throughout the years, his early designs taking inspiration from classic romantic British opera, later on we see edgy, Punk, aggressive elements, lots of leather, metal and cut-outs emanating a rebellious edge. Finally his style evolved into a slightly more reserved post-modern shabby-sheek look, and we are all eagerly awaiting what is to come next. Those who wear his designs are not merely a hanger to display the clothing but a transformed wild, free-spirited ferocious soul, ready to take on the world.


Galliano was awarded “Designer of the Year” for his spring and summer collection in 1988, inspired by ‘Blanche Dubois in A Streetcar Named Desire’. Later, he was honored with “Best Costume of the Year” at the Bath Costume Museum.

John Galliano was again awarded “British Designer of the Year” for his 94-95 Autumn/Winter collection.

In 1995, Galliano was unprecedentedly honored with “British Designer of the Year” of Telva Magazine.

Galliano was awarded the “Oribe Design Award” issued by Gifu Japan.

In 1997, Galliano was awarded “British Designer of the Year” for the fourth time, as well as “Women’s Wear Designer of the Year” by VH1 Fashion and Music in 1997.

In 1998 he was awarded the CFDA International Prize.

In 1998, he got the highest recognition award for his Dior Spring/Summer collection ’98.

Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the 2001 Birthday Honours List for his services to the Fashion Industry as a Fashion Designer.

On Jan. 1, 2009, President Nicolas Sarkozy awarded John Galliano the Légion d'honneur.

In 2002 he was awarded the RDI (Royal Designer for Industry) for his contributions to the fashion industry.


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