John Galliano


If there is one country that serves as a big source of inspiration for John Galliano, that country would probably be Japan. His shows are always historical and cultural; among some of his themes have been ancient Egypt, Victorian-era England, and Native American culture, but Japan is one that occasionally recurs in his shows. Whether it’s as blatant as a kimono or as subtle as kabuki-inspired makeup (courtesy of Pat McGrath), Galliano’s pieces have always had touches of Japanese culture infused to them. Three of the his most memorable Japonais shows include his Fall/Winter 1994-1995 collection from his own label, and two collections from his tenure at Christian Dior, Spring/Summer 2003 Haute Couture and Spring/Summer 2007 Haute Couture. John Galliano F/W ‘94-’95 Poetic, romantic, erotic, and exotic are some adjectives used to describe this collection. Kimonos and obi-belts with flower embroideries were clear Japanese influences. The fabrics consisted of black…