John Galliano, born Juan Carlos Antonio Galliano is of Spanish descent and was born in 1961. In 1966 his parents immigrated to London, England with their son Juan and their two daughters. While excelling in languages at the Wilsons Grammar School, young Galliano put together a portfolio for St. Martins College of art. He was accepted and soon started experimenting with bias cutting and working with names such as: Tommy Nutter who worked in London’s most famous tailors street-Savile Row. Galliano soon started making his very own changes in the way sleeves were sewn and trousers were cut, it’s safe to say he somewhat revolutionized sewing and cutting.
In 1984 for his graduation collection for St. Martins, Galliano produced 8 garments which he names “Les Incroyables”, they were a huge success and quickly drew the attention Joan Burstein of Browns, who exhibited them on her windows and soon after that all the 8 pieces were sold (one was bought by Diana Ross).
After he graduated, John was offered a position in New York and accepted it at once.
In 1985 the talented designer met Amanda Grieve, a fashion stylist with a lot of original ideas. Together they started a fruitful collaboration and to this day they are friends and inspiration to each other.
John Galliano launched his very own label in 1984. He made designs that were historically influenced, usually with a lot of edge. His garments were delicate and romantic, tailored masterfully and they soon became his trademark.
In 1987 his hard work won him his first big award-the British Designer of the Year Award.
In 1990 Galliano was having some financial difficulties so he turned to Paris and started producing mostly RTW collections, that’s where the money was. His friends and connections in Paris quickly made him popular and gave him a good head start.
In 1995 came Galliano’s appointment as a designer for Givenchy, which he revived with his bold designs and made the brand popular again.
A year later, in 1996, John Galliano he was awarded with the house of Christian Dior for his work and produced many ready to wear collections for it.
In 2011 however, Galliano was caught making anti-semitic remarks in a Paris bar and Dior dismissed him as a creative director in March the same year.
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