GALLIANO Fashion’s Enfant Terrible

Thursday 10 September / 6–8pm


John Galliano continues to be one of the most imaginative and productive fashion designers of our time. Join David Foy, the author of the first book in over a decade to focus on Galliano’s work, inspirations and career.

This illustrated talk will provide a visual retrospective, charting John Galliano’s collections from the early 1990s up to his most recent creations this year for Maison Martin Margiela. For every Galliano collection, be it for his own label or the legendary fashion houses Givenchy and Dior, there is always a story. His first collection was inspired by Les Incroyables from late 18th century France and subsequent collections were inspired by history, for example, Lady Jane Grey, and by the films, Witness and A Street Car Named Desire. Galliano has consistently pushed boundaries of convention, for example by the use of models of different heights and ethnicities to showcase his Fallen Angels S/S 1986 collection.

Born in Gibraltar and brought up in South London, the talk will touch on Galliano’s biography including his training at Central St Martins, the influence of the London club scene and his time as a dresser at the National Theatre. David Foy will also consider the creative team surrounding Galliano, from his mentor Amanda Harlech, to collaborators including milliner Stephen Jones, shoe designers Manolo Blahnik and Patrick Cox, and the talented hair and make-up artists who help to achieve his vision. Foy also draws upon Galliano’s relationship with the world of celebrity, and how associations with artists such as Madonna and Kylie Minogue have helped to shape his career.

The event starts at 6pm with an opportunity to view the exhibition Riviera Style; the talk follows at 6.15pm for 6.30pm in the Fashion Studio and lasts for approximately one hour including the chance to ask questions at the end. It is followed by the book launch, drinks reception and signing in the Museum foyer.

David Foy is the author of the ‘Lady Gaga Style Bible’ for Bloomsbury and ‘Cherish: Madonna, Like an Icon’ for the Ivy Press. Foy has worked in the publishing industry for over fifteen years and recently worked with London College of Fashion on their collaborative Graduate MA publishing module. Galliano: Fashion’s Enfant Terrible, released in September 2015 is published by Unicorn Press.

Event ticket includes entry to Riviera Style exhibition plus the launch and drinks reception for Galliano: Fashion’s Enfant Terrible.

Price £15 / £12 students includes a complimentary drink and exhibition entry.

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Left: John Galiano Fall/Winter 2011/2. Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images
Right: Maison Martin Margiela show, 2015. Photo by Victor VIRGILE/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images

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