Whether you can’t stand the man or you can’t get enough of him, it’s undeniable that John Galliano is a fashion visionary who will go down as an intricate part of fashion history. Author David Foy, was intent on making this known at the recent Fashion and Textile Museum launch party to celebrate the release of his forthcoming book Galliano: Fashion’s Enfant Terrible discussing Galliano’s work, inspiration and career.Foy features extraordinary imagery of Galliano’s collections dating back to his AW 87 show, the year he was named British Designer of the Year by The British Fashion Council. With his most recent work at Maison Martin Margiela, we discover how throughout the years, he creatively went from strength to strength – albeit with some personal dramas along the way. We also learn how Galliano discovered his inspirations, namely Amanda Harlech and the artisan team, including Jean-Luc Ardouin. While there is no juicy insider goss from the people who have known him through the years, we find out the back story on the small things that make a John Galliano show (what we’ve come to know and love) including those hats, the set design, the make-up not to mention his colourful relationship with the celebrity world. The opportunity to understand what let to all his creative choices is an absolute privilege. The book details many of his creations, from his graduate collection (quickly snapped up by Browns) to his peerless work at the House of Dior. In terms of his current appointment at Maison Margiela, we’ll have to wait and see if it works out for Galliano. It’s more than obvious that he’s enjoying playing the crazy-couturier again given that lobster coat dress in their last collection. He’s proven himself as a theatrical character, so it’s questionable as to how long he can reign in his eccentricity, that we’ve come to know and love him for. Overall Foy gives readers a trip of a lifetime; a fashionista’s bible. Galliano can easily be regarded as a product of inspiration, Parisian Dreams, and what happens when the pressure gets to much, but it’s no mistaking that for better or for worse he is an artist. Galliano: Fashion’s Enfant Terrible is available to buy February 2016.
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