Designer Day: John Galliano

 –  Who are they? John Galliano

          What do they do? British Fashion Designer

          What type of work are they known for?  couture and ready to wear

Interesting Facts about John Galliano!

John Galliano was born to a Spanish mother and Gibraltarian father

Such an environment kindled a love of textiles and design in Galliano from an early age, and Latin influences are prevalent in his later work

In 1984, Galliano unleashed his own label.

In 1987, he received the ‘British Designer of the Year’ award. However, critical success was not matched by major financial success.

In 1995, Galliano finally got the break he so richly deserved: he became the first Englishman to head a French couture house, when he was put in charge of Givenchy.

He staged his first couture show for the luxury brand in January 1997, the same time the label was celebrating its 50th anniversary. The same year also saw Galliano gain recognition after being declared British Designer of the Year, although he had to share the award with Alexander McQueen, his successor at Givenchy. This was the fourth time he had won the accolade, having triumphed in 1987, 1994 and 1995.

In 1996, Galliano moved to Christian Dior, unveiling his first couture collection for them on January 20th 1997 to coincide with the fashion house’s 50th anniversary.

Galliano won the British Designer of the Year award again in 1994 and 1995. In addition he shared the award in 1997 with the late Alexander McQueen.

In 2001, the designer was awarded a CBE in the Queen’s birthday honours list.

However, Galliano hit the headlines for all of the wrong reasons in 2011 when a video emerged of him allegedly making anti-sematic remarks to Italian tourists in a Paris bar.

Actress Natalie Portman, who is the face of the Miss Dior Cherie fragrance and is of Jewish ancestry, said she was disgusted by the comments.

After suspending the designer in February 2011, Dior announced in March 2011 that it has begun proceedings to permanently dismiss Galliano. Dior chief executive Sidney Toledano said he “firmly” condemned the remarks made by the fashion designer.

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