Get the Galliano Buzz

The fashion world is awash with excitement after news that iconic designer John Galliano is to put on a show in London in January.

It will be the fashion maestro’s first showcase since he left Dior back in 2011 and will be based on his first ever Maison Martin Margiela couture collection.

The show will take place on January 12 as part of the London Collections: Men extravaganza. The showcase features big-name designers, but none have sparked as much excitement as the Galliano announcement made by Maison Martin Margiela.

It is testament to the iconic designer’s reputation that industry experts will be begging for an invite to the show, despite the controversy and party-loving antics of Galliano. The fashion world is hard to shock, but Galliano has almost managed it at least a couple of times.

London Collections: Men starts on January 9 and is a celebration of emerging talent and British brands. More than 70 international and British menswear brands will take part in Designer Showrooms events at the Hospital Club and Victoria House.

The event will also see shows by Topman Design at The Old Sorting Office, Barbour, Aquascutum Men’s, Nigel Cabourn, Thomas Pink, Joseph Men’s, Pringle of Scotland, Alexander McQueen, Moschino, Gieves & Hawkes, Duchamp, Belstaff, Dunhill, Manolo Blahnik, Burbery Prorsum, Tom Ford and Paul Smith.

Around 100 guest are expected to attend the Galliano show in London, and the collection will also be presented at Couture Fashion Week in Paris between January 25 and January 30.

Galliano has said he wants to show in London as a nod to his start in the fashion industry, which was based around the city’s tailoring tradition and heritage.

He was born in 1960 and went on to study at London’s Wilson’s Grammar School before heading off to the prestigious Saint Martin’s School of Art. He left in 1988 with a first in Fashion Design.

He became the designer for Givenchy in 1995 and was believed to be the first ever British designer at the helm of an haute couture house in France. He joined Christian Dior in 1996 but left under a cloud in 2011.

Galliano was named British Designer of the Year in 1987, 1994, 1995 and 1997. His last win was shared with Alexander McQueen, who is also showing at London Collections: Men.