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also known as Juan Carlos Antonio Galliano-Guillén



Ethnicity: born in Gibraltar to a Gibraltarian father, Juan Galliano, and a Spanish mother, Anita

Galliano has two sisters. In 1966 his family moved to England in pursuit of work, and settled in Streatham, South London, before moving to Dulwich and later to Brockley.

On June 22, 2011 the trial commenced. On September 8, 2011 Galliano was found guilty of making anti-Semitic remarks. John Galliano has been sentenced to pay a total of €6,000 (US$8,400) in suspended fines after a French court found him guilty of giving public insults on account of race.


In 1984 he graduated from Central Saint Martin's Colledge of Art and Design with a first class honours degree in Fashion Design. His first collection was inspired by the French Revolution and entitled Les Incroyables, with a music soundtrack mixed by DJ Jeremy Healy. The collection received positive reviews and was bought in its entirety for resale in the London fashion boutique Browns. Galliano then started his own fashion label alongside long-term collaborators Amanda Harlech, at that time stylist with Harpers and Qween, and Stephen Jones, a milliner.


1988 - sought the backing of German agent Faycal Amor (owner and designer of fashion label Plein Sud) who directed him to set up his base in Paris. Galliano relocated to Paris in search of financial backing and a strong client base.

1989 - Galliano's first show as part of Paris Fashion Week was held.

1990 - Galliano was bankrupt and, after his own London-based label failed to re-ignite his fortunes, he moved to Paris.

1993 - Galliano's financial agreement with Amor ended and he did not have a showing in October, missing the season. With the help of American Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour and Andre Leon Talley, then European correspondent at Vanity Fair, Galliano was introduced to Portuguese socialite and fashion patron Sao

Schlumberger and financial backers of venture firm Arbela Inc, John Bult and Mark Rice. It was through this partnership that Galliano received the financial backing and high society stamp needed to give him credibility in Paris. This collection was important in the development of Galliano as a fashion house, and is regarded as a 'fashion moment' in high fashion circles.

July, 1995 - Galliano was appointed designer of Givenchy by Bernard Arnault, owner of luxury goods conglomerate LVMH, thus becoming the first British designer to head a French haute couture house.

January 21, 1996 - Galliano presented his first couture show at the helm of Givenchy at the Stade de France.

October 14, 1996 - LVMH moved Galliano to Christian Dior, replacing Italian designer Gianfranco Ferre.

January 20, 1997 - Galliano's first couture show for Dior coincided with the label's 50th anniversary.

February 25, 2011 - Dior announced that it had suspended Galliano following his arrest over an alleged anti-Semitic tirade in a Paris bar. This incident happened just before Paris Fashion Week for Autumn/Winter 2011-12.

March 1 , 2011 - Dior announced that it had begun procedures of dismissal for Galliano.