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John Galliano Red Damask, Mongolian Lamb and Coyote Fur Runway Gown - XS-S, 2002

$9,500

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Part of Galliano's eponymous collection, this gown was worn on the runway by Alek Wek in 2002. A sculptural statement piece, it demonstrates Galliano's "more is more" design philosophy in color, pattern, fabric and embellishment and stands in a class by itself. Bias cut mermaid gown with 17 deep skirt gores for maximum ankle sweep. Gown hangs from a lattice of fringed pom-pom trim crisscrossed at bust to form shoulder straps; corset-style lace-up front and back with 40” tails tipped in coyote. Fringe crisscrosses again across front and rear hips to accentuate hourglass shape. 26 covered loop button closure plus top hook and eye at left seam; unlined. fabric: metallic silk damask, coyote fur, Mongolian lamb fur noteworthy: dry clean only alterations: none condition: excellent measurements: neckline opening: 8 ¼” from inside strap edge to edge bust: 34” waist: 30” hips: to 38” length: 66” from shoulder (including 8” Mongolian lamb trim) sweep: 202” hem: 2 ½” label: John Galliano size: no size tag present; comparable to modern size extra small - small due to forgiving bias cut

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  • Dimensions
    Marked Size: none; comparable to XS - S (US)Bust: 34 in. (86.36 cm)Waist: 30 in. (76.2 cm)Hip: 38 in. (96.52 cm)Shoulder to Hem: 66 in. (167.64 cm)
  • Style
    Bias (In the Style Of)
  • Place of Origin
    France
  • Period
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Seller Location
    Tucson, AZ
  • Reference Number
    Seller: 0918.12.0011stDibs: LU86433329593

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About the Designer

John Galliano

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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