John Galliano: The Man and the Myths

A look behind the scenes as John Galliano prepares for his brilliantly subversive Paris men's wear show.

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Finishing touches backstage.

Photo By Stephane Feugere

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WWD Men's Collections issue 03/16/2009

At present, Galliano men’s wear is sold to 110 wholesale clients worldwide, and Denis forecasts growth this year despite the tough business climate. He notes the collection has a strong presence in Europe and the Middle East, with America and Asia the next development priorities. Already in the works is a line of shoes and accessories, and Denis says a signature scent for men is also landing soon on planet Galliano.

“Just as he changed women’s wear, he has caused his own style revolution in men’s wear,” Denis asserts. “John is fearless, creative and innovative. He has really woken men’s wear up and made it exciting. Men’s wear is experiencing a real growth, it has real energy, and I do think Galliano deserves to take a large piece of credit for this shift. He is the most creative and determined man I have ever met.”

For the designer, creating strong shows with breathtaking visual impact is not a deliberate provocation, but simply the only way he knows how to approach fashion. “I’m a very much alive person,” he says, flashing a big smile. “I love the joy of dressing.”


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