John Galliano was the creative director of his eponymous label John Galliano and French fashion houses Givenchy and Dior.
30 Facts About John Galliano
Since 2014, Galliano has been the creative director of Paris-based fashion house Maison Margiela.
John Galliano has been named British Designer of the Year four times.
John Galliano's family moved to England when Galliano was six, settling in Streatham and later Dulwich and Brockley in South London.
John Galliano went on to study at Central Saint Martins and graduated in 1984 with a first class honours degree in Fashion Design.
John Galliano's graduating collection was inspired by the French Revolution and entitled Les Incroyables.
John Galliano was appointed head designer of Givenchy in 1995, thus becoming the first British designer to head a French haute couture house.
John Galliano then started his own eponymous label alongside long-term collaborators Amanda Harlech, at that time stylist with Harpers and Queen, and Stephen Jones, a milliner.
In 1989, John Galliano moved to Paris in search of financial backing and a strong client base.
John Galliano secured the backing of Paris-based Moroccan designer Faycal Amor who invited him to set up his base in Paris at the Plein Sud headquarters.
John Galliano's first show was in 1989 as part of Paris Fashion Week.
On 21 January 1996, John Galliano presented his first couture show at the helm of Givenchy at the Stade de France.
John Galliano was then moved to Dior by LVMH, and succeeded at Givenchy by Alexander McQueen.
At Dior, John Galliano received widespread critical acclaim for his Haute Couture and ready-to-wear collections, for the whole duration of his tenure there.
John Galliano designed the chinoiserie chartreuse gown worn by Nicole Kidman at the 69th Academy Awards in 1997.
In 2010, John Galliano identified his love of theatre and femininity as central to his creations; he said "my role is to seduce", and credited Standard Oil heiress Millicent Rogers as an influence.
In December 2010, a drunken John Galliano insulted a group of Italian women in Paris with antisemitic slurs, which was caught on camera.
In early 2013, John Galliano accepted an invitation from Oscar de la Renta, brokered by Anna Wintour, for a temporary residency at de la Renta's design studio to help prepare for a showing of his Fall 2013 ready-to-wear collection during February New York Fashion Week.
John Galliano received a measure of absolution from the Anti-Defamation League, which lauded his efforts to atone for his misdeeds and wished him well.
John Galliano remained backstage at the show, which received favourable reviews amid speculation about his future, including as a possible successor to Oscar de la Renta and that John Galliano might take up a teaching post at Parsons The New School for Design.
On 12 June 2013, John Galliano's first filmed interview since his dismissal from Christian Dior was broadcast on United States television.
On 6 October 2014, the OTB Group announced that John Galliano had joined Maison Margiela to take the responsibility of the creative direction of the house, marking the designer's return to a leading role in designing luxury fashion.
Just a few weeks later, on the occasion of the annual British Fashion Awards, John Galliano presented the Outstanding Achievement Award to Anna Wintour who wore John Galliano's first creation for Maison Martin Margiela, "an unambiguous fashion blessing" from the Editor in Chief of American Vogue according to Vanessa Friedman, Fashion Director of the New York Times.
John Galliano exhibited his first couture collection for Margiela during London Collections: Men, on 12 January 2015.
John Galliano told French Elle in 2018 that he would stop using fur in his collections, citing as inspiration from a meeting with Penelope Cruz and PETA's Dan Matthews.
On 26 September 2018, John Galliano made a statement in Paris at his Maison Margiela show, when he unveiled Mutiny, his first perfume for the fashion house.
On 25 February 2011, Dior announced their suspension of John Galliano including the following statement:.
John Galliano had been "seeking compensation in the range of 6 million euros".
In interviews, John Galliano has given his full name as Juan Carlos Antonio John Galliano-Guillen.
John Galliano had a relationship with fellow Central St Martins student and fashion designer John Flett, whom he described as his soulmate.