John Charles Galliano was born in Gibraltar in 1960 and moved to London with his family in 1966. Galliano attended Wilson’s Grammar School in London before he went on to study fashion design at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design. He worked in London until 1990 when he moved to Paris and presented his first collection at the Paris Fashion show, then moving to join Givenchy in 1995, part of the LVMH group, as a designer and presented his critically acclaimed first collection for Givenchy in the following year. Only 15 months after joining LVMH he was moved to Dior, the company is he mostly associated with. He has been with Dior for 15 years until 2011 when he faced criminal charges and, eventually, was found guilty of giving public insults on account of race.
Galliano ventured into the world of perfumes in 2008 with his first fragrant offering “John Galliano by John Galliano”, often referred to as mystical or “Goth” and centers around prominent accords of incense, violet, iris, aldehydes, angelica, patchouli and rose.