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John Galliano for Christian Dior

Known for introducing rich theatricality and memorable fashion spectacles to the runway, John Galliano has enjoyed a singular career. The audacious British designer has garnered universal acclaim for genre-breaking collections not only at his eponymous label but also for Christian Dior.

From his embroidered absinthe-green Oscars gown for actress Nicole Kidman to the iconic sleeveless newspaper-print dress that Sex and the City’s Carrie Bradshaw made famous, Galliano’s intricate and multifaceted work is reliably newsworthy, drawing on history as often as it embodies a fresh and forward-looking sensibility, and over the years the designer has helped shape an ever-broadening new legion of enthusiasts for Parisian couture.

Born in Gibraltar but raised in South London by strict Roman Catholic working-class parents, Galliano attended the all-boys Church of England grammar school, where his flamboyance and interest in art attracted the attention of bullies. Eventually, Galliano ended up at the prestigious design and art school Central Saint Martins College (then called Saint Martin’s School of Art), where fellow British designers Stella McCartney and Alexander McQueen also trained.

Galliano flourished at Central Saint Martins. While a student, he worked in the costume department at the National Theatre in London. His graduate collection in 1984, dubbed “Les Incroyables” and named for post–French Revolution fashion lovers, was modeled by close friends of his and earned a standing ovation. The line ended up in the storefront windows of London luxury boutique Brown’s on South Molton Street, and Galliano’s first official collection — after he graduated — debuted at Paris Fashion Week in 1989.

In the early 1990s, Galliano’s relationship with his financial backer, Plein Sud’s Faycal Amor, ended, and by 1994, he was broke and sleeping on the floor of a friend’s apartment. Vogue editor in chief Anna Wintour and then-Vanity Fair editor André Leon Talley stepped in and introduced the budding designer to Portuguese socialite and fashion patron São Schlumberger and others. At Schlumberger’s Hôtel Particulier, Galliano’s shows became the stuff of fashion legend. His collection, a blend of Japanese modernist style as well as nostalgia for Art Deco and 1940s’ tailoring, earned raves in glossy magazines and garnered the attention of Princess Diana, Madonna and other fashion luminaries.

Once the Galliano name was well known among the world’s most stylish set, the chairperson of LVMH, Bernard Arnault, appointed Galliano head designer of French fashion house Givenchy. One year later, in 1996, LVMH moved him to the design team at Dior. In just eight weeks, Galliano produced 50 looks for Dior Haute Couture’s brilliant Spring/Summer 1997 Maasai collection and would ultimately design a mind-boggling eight collections a year for the storied French fashion house until 2011. Today, Galliano is the creative director of Maison Margiela.

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A/W 2001 Christian Dior '1947 Montaigne' Handbag
By John Galliano for Christian Dior, Christian Dior
Located in North Hollywood, CA
A/W 2001 Christian Dior by Galliano red and black '1947 Montaigne' car motif leather handbag. As seen in the ad campaign, and on robot influencer Lil Miquela via Tab Vintage. Additi...
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Early 2000s John Galliano for Christian Dior

2002 Dior by John Galliano Sports Style Multi-style Saddle Bag
By John Galliano for Christian Dior, Christian Dior
Located in Prague, CZ
Rare sports style vintage Dior Saddle Bag from 2002 with an adjustable strap - you can wear it multiple ways- as a crossbody, as a shoulder bag, or even as a bum bag. Excellent vint...
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Early 2000s John Galliano for Christian Dior

Christian Dior by John Galliano SS-2008 Silk Charmeuse Flared Skirt
By John Galliano for Christian Dior, Christian Dior
Located in Brussels, BE
The arrival of British designer John Galliano at the prestigious House of Dior was a seismic change in fashion, putting an end to years of austere and intellectual minimalism. Gallia...
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Early 2000s French John Galliano for Christian Dior

F/W 2001 Christian Dior by John Galliano Black Satin Panel Flare Skirt
By John Galliano for Christian Dior, Christian Dior
Located in Philadelphia, PA
TheRealList presents: a fabulous black satin panel Christain Dior Boutique skirt, designed by John Galliano. From the Fall/Winter 2001 collection, this skirt is constructed of black ...
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Rare Vintage John Galliano for Christian Dior Silk Scarf
By John Galliano for Christian Dior, Christian Dior
Located in Montgomery, TX
Rare Vintage John Galliano for Christian Dior Silk Scarf 100% Silk Excellent condition
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Early 2000's Christian Dior Light Wash Metallic Jeans
By John Galliano for Christian Dior
Located in Toronto, Ontario
Christian Dior jeans designed by John Galliano in the early 2000's. Light blue wash with metallic silver throughout and contrasting orange top stitching. Faux button fly - zipper beh...
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Early 2000s French John Galliano for Christian Dior

CHRISTIAN DIOR silver metal 2003 STRASS PAVE DOG HOOK CHAIN Belt 85
By John Galliano for Christian Dior, Christian Dior
Located in Zürich, CH
100% authentic Christian Dior by John Galliano S/S 2003 in brown perforated leather and silver metal, the snap hook is entirely covered with light-catching rhinestones. Has been worn...
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Early 2000s John Galliano for Christian Dior

Christian Dior John Galliano Rasta Rastafari Novelty Postcard Denim Shirt Jacket
By John Galliano for Christian Dior, Christian Dior
Located in San Diego, CA
Rare and Incredible early 2000s CHRISTIAN DIOR by JOHN GALLIANO denim blue jean post card / souvenir novelty print Western style shirt jacket from his coveted Rasta / Rastafari Colle...
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