John Galliano is one the of the most influential designer of our time. Born in Gibraltar, he grew up in London and launched his own label before becoming chief designer of France’s haute couture flagship, Christian Dior, in Paris.
John Galliano has created the most spectacular fashion shows of our time. Since his 1984 degree collection, Les Incroyables, which metamorphosed his London art school into a French Revolutionary street scene, transported his privileged audiences to more exotic and sartorially blessed places than they could possibly have imagined or experienced.
The inspiration for his first collection came from Danton, a National Theatre production on which he worked part-time as a dresser. There were jackets worn upside down and inside out – this was the early 1980s, deconstruction wasn’t yet part of the fashion vernacular – and romantic organdie shirts, accessorised with everything from magnifying glasses, smashed and worn as jewellery to rainbow-coloured ribbons sewn onto the insides of coats. “I was just so into that collection. It completely overtook me. I still love it. I love the romance, you know, charging through cobbled streets in all that amazing organdie. There are a lot of things in that collection that still haunt me.”-said Galliano.
Galliano was named British Designer of the Year in 1987, 1994 and 1997, and he was made a Chevalier in the French Legion of Honour in 2009, an award previously bestowed on fashion luminaries Yves Saint Laurent and Suzy Menkes.
At Dior, Galliano combined the elements of a robe à la française with the vast crinolined silhouettes of the mid-nineteenth century. The stomacher, open overskirt, and petticoat are expressly eighteenth century, but the huge wired cages that support the skirts over nine feet wide are constructed more like the hoops of the Second Empire than the discrete by comparison panniers of the ancien régime.
“I love women. I love work. Hide that tummy, elongate that neck, shade the butt. I enjoy it. I’m an accomplice to helping women get what they want.“- John Galliano
This ready to wear show FW 2011 ended up like a pale testment to the extraordinary work Galliano have done for the past 14 years he spent at Dior.
P.S. Maybe many of you will dislike my opinion or maybe not, but i think that John Galliano is a great and extraordinary designer who represented Christian Dior and continued his style better than anyone.