John Galliano is a groundbreaking fashion designer, acclaimed for his fusion of romantic historicism with extraordinary technical skills and progressive aesthetics. Born in 1960 in Gibraltar, Galliano came to fame through his graduate collection for Central St. Martin's College of Art and Design, 'Les Incroyables', in 1984, which announced the designer's signature strategy of reviving the past whilst heralding in the new. The collection was famously bought in its entirety by Joan Burstein, the owner of Browns boutique in London and displayed in its front windows: an unprecedented and prestigious endorsement. Galliano set up his own label in that year with the immensely successful 'Ludic Games' collection and he enjoyed consistent critical acclaim throughout the decade, championed in particular by fashion editor Anna Wintour, in spite of looming financial pressures.
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