John Galliano - Fashion Design for Everyone

by Fran Walker
Fashion School Review Columnist

March 6, 2006

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Anyone following the fashion shows in Milan might find it hard to choose their favourite fashion designer. For me, however, it has to be John Galliano, for his sheer daring in fashion design, and the inclusion of ordinary people as models. It's something worth remembering when you go to fashion school.

Galliano's Love Affair Started with Textiles in Spain

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John Galliano was born in Gibraltar in 1960, but moved to London in 1966. Long before he dreamed of having a fashion job, he brought with him a love of textiles inspired by, in his words, "the souks, the markets, woven fabrics, the carpets, the smells, the herbs, the Mediterranean color."

John Galliano's Education at Fashion School, and beyond

At sixteen, Galliano studied design at City and East London College. Afterwards he went to fashion school. In spite of twice losing backers in the 1990's, Galliano moved to Givenchy, then Christian Dior. In spite of the caliber of these fashion jobs, he remains down to earth and interested in textiles as much as ever. His old-fashioned fashion schooling shows, and he now produces 12 collections a year.

Galliano's Fashion Designs Milan 2006

The theme for Galliano's recent Milan show was "everything is beautiful," and was inspired by the ordinary, colorful people he saw on a recent trip to Buenos Aires. Galliano's size ten fashion designs were remade for a mixture of tall, short, thin, medium-sized and bigger actors. The result brought smiles to the most jaded faces. Surely this fashion designer deserved to be the hit of the show. If only fashion design could go even further down this route. Please remember this after fashion school.


About the Author
Fran Walker is a freelance writer, editor and researcher specializing in educational, health, safety and domestic issues. Previously, she spent five years in marketing in the self-help, health and health and safety sectors before leaving to start a family

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