John Galliano was born in 1960 in Gibraltar of a Gibraltan father and named Juan Carlos Antonio Galliano Guillén. At the age of 6 the Galliano family moved to Streatham in South London.
He graduated in fashion from City and East London College.
Then he attended St Martin’s College of Art and Design, where he graduated in 1984 with a first class honours degree. His graduation collection was titled ‘Les Incroyables’.
He was awarded British Designer of the Year in 1987 and again in 1994 and 1995.
In 1997, he shared the award with Alexander McQueen, his successor at Givenchy.
He left for Paris in the early 1990s.
At first, critical success did not translate to financial success and he was almost forced to declare bankruptcy.
However, in 1995 Galliano became the first English man to head a French couture house, when he was put in charge of Givenchy.
Two years later he was granted control of the larger house of Christian Dior where he remains today.
On January 1, 2009, it was announced that Galliano was admitted to the French Legion of Honour with the rank of Chevalier.
He also creates ready to wear collections under his own name G Galliano.