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John Galliano

British, b. 1960

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 Givenchy and 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, where he produced scores of celebrated looks for Dior Haute Couture. Today, Galliano is the creative director of Maison Margiela.

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Christian Dior by John Galliano Lace-up Leather Jacket
By John Galliano, Christian Dior
Located in Water Mill, NY
A fabulous soft fine black leather jacket by John Galliano for Christian Dior. It has elaborate lacing detail along the entire length of the jacket on either side of the center fron...
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1990s French John Galliano

John Galliano SS-2005 Cotton and Silk Officer Pants with Contrast Piping
By John Galliano
Located in Brussels, BE
Throughout his career, John Galliano drew inspiration from the military and the beauty of ancient uniforms. Referencing famous historical films, such as “Barry Lyndon” for instance, ...
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Early 2000s Italian John Galliano

Christian Dior by John Galliano Gold Brocade Cocktail Dress From Fall 2009
By John Galliano
Located in Cloverdale, CA
Christian Dior by John Galliano Gold Brocade Cocktail Dress From Fall 2009 RTW collection titled "Persian Miniatures" Size 6, but runs small. Bust 34" Waist 26" Hips 34" Length 38...
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Early 2000s John Galliano

John Galliano 2000s Leather Size 4 Distressed Print Drop Waist Belted Skirt
By John Galliano
Located in San Diego, CA
Chic early 2000s JOHN GALLIANO brown distressed print leather skirt! Features a soft leather with a distressed print. Drop waist has a belt that buckles in the front. Flattering desc...
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Early 2000s John Galliano

S/S 1999 Christian Dior by Galliano Sheer Fringe Cardigan
By John Galliano, Christian Dior
Located in Austin, TX
S/S 1999 Christian Dior by Galliano Sheer Fringe Cardigan Condition: Excellent Viscose & Nylon Fabric Made in Italy Bust: 33"-43", Waist, 24"-37", length 25" front and 31" in back S...
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1990s Italian John Galliano

John Galliano SS-2003 Cotton Herringbone Cargo Pants
By John Galliano
Located in Brussels, BE
As a new millennium kicked in, the concept of utility wear became prominent in fashion, and high-end designers were keen to rework casual styles, while offering them the deluxe treat...
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Early 2000s French John Galliano

S/S 1999 John Galliano Blue Cream Stripe Bodycon Dress and Jacket Set
By John Galliano
Located in Philadelphia, PA
TheRealList presents: a blue and creme striped John Galliano dress set. From the Spring/Summer 1999 collection, this fabulous set is made up of a midi-length dress and matching short...
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1990s French John Galliano

John Galliano SS-1993 Cropped Acetate Pants
By John Galliano
Located in Brussels, BE
Galliano’s work in the 1990s focused on historicism, poetry and romance. These statement satin pants wouldn’t have been out of place in the wardrobe of a notorious pirate, worn with ...
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1990s French John Galliano

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