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John Galliano

Designer

The theatrical designer ruled the creative side of Dior until a drunken, anti-Semitic outburst ended his reign; his return to fashion is closely anticipated.

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Biography

One of fashion’s most controversial and creative talents, John Galliano fell from the highest echelons of the fashion establishment, as creative director of Dior in 2011, following his conviction for making anti-Semitic remarks while inebriated. Following his rehabilitation for alcohol and substance abuse, fashion closely anticipates his return to the industry.

In early 2013, Galliano accepted an invitation from Oscar de la Renta for a temporary residency at de la Renta's design studio for the A/W 2013 season. Galliano ended his first television interview since his convicton saying, "I am able to create. I am ready to create...[and] I hope through my atonement I'll be given a second chance."

After attending St. Anthony's School and Wilson's Grammar School in London, Galliano studied at Central Saint Martins, from which he graduated in 1988. His first collection, inspired by the French Revolution and entitled Les Incroyables, was bought in its entirety for sale in the London’s Browns boutique. Galliano quickly started his own fashion label and began work with long-term collaborator Amanda Harlech, at the time a fashion editor with Harper’s and Queen.

Following a number of false starts with regards to agreements with financial backers, Galliano relocated to Paris to put on his first show as part of Paris Fashion Week in 1989. By 1990, he was bankrupt, and with London offering little by way of relief, the designer permanently relocated to Paris.

Career

  • Christian Dior
    Christian Dior

    Creative Director September 1996 - February 2011, Paris, France

  • John Galliano
    John Galliano

  • Givenchy
    Givenchy

    July 1995 - September 1996, Paris, France

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