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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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S/S 2005 Christian Dior Pastel Candy and Ice Cream Gown
By John Galliano, Christian Dior
Located in North Hollywood, CA
S/S 2005 Christian Dior by Galliano light blue pastel silk chiffon gown with candy and ice cream pattern throughout. Cut on the bias with layered ruffles throughout bust and hem. Cow...
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Early 2000s French John Galliano

Christian Dior Galliano Golden Brown Turquoise Velvet Floral Devore Dress 2005
By John Galliano, Christian Dior
Located in Boca Raton, FL
The French house of Dior is known for its long legacy of refined and traditionally sophisticated couture. Known for his hyper-deconstructionist styles and theatrical shows, creative ...
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Early 2000s 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

Vintage 2009 Christian Dior by Galliano Beaded Purple Silk Halter Backless Gown
By John Galliano, Christian Dior
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
A simply stunning and totally timeless Christian Dior beaded, embroidered purple silk gown from John Galliano's 2009 spring-summer collection. John Galliano is widely considered one ...
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Early 2000s French John Galliano

JOHN GALLIANO 1995 Vintage grey houndstooth padded hip jacket skirt Madonna IT40
By John Galliano
Located in Hong Kong, NT
JOHN GALLIANO 1995 Vintage grey houndstooth padded hip jacket skirt Madonna IT40 Reference: CRTI/A00599 Brand: John Galliano Designer: John Galliano Collection: Spring Summer 1995 Ru...
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1990s French John Galliano

2000's JOHN GALLIANO black draped maxi skirt with 'shirt-sleeve' ties
By John Galliano
Located in San Fransisco, CA
Soft-black, draped maxi skirt with unique 'shirt-sleeve' ties at back of waist designed by John Galliano dating to the early 2000's. Skirt has great movement when you walk. French si...
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Early 2000s French John Galliano

Christian Dior by John Galliano Autumn 2006 Distressed Suede Jacket w Fur Trim
By John Galliano, Christian Dior
Located in Cloverdale, CA
Christian Dior by John Galliano Autumn 2006 Distressed Suede Jacket with Fur Trim Originally shown on the runway with a huge crystal belt, which is not sold with this jacket. There ...
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1990s French John Galliano

JOHN GALLIANO Size S Eggplant Silk Perforated Crew-Neck Cardigan
By John Galliano
Located in San Francisco, CA
JOHN GALLIANO cardigan comes in a eggplant silk featuring a back perforated floral design and a buttoned closure. Very Good Pre-Owned Condition. Marked: S Measurements: Shoulder:...
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21st Century and Contemporary John Galliano

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