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  • Writer's pictureHYSTERIA BY GIRLONFILM

WHY DIOR HASN'T BEEN THE SAME SINCE JOHN GALLIANO

If you know me personally or know anything about me at all then you'll know that I'm head over heels in love with John Galliano's Dior era. If fashion is your favorite f-word then you're most likely familiar with at least one Galliano for Dior look. It's hard for any designer to reign over the legacy that was Galliano for Dior.


If fashion however is not your favorite f-word, you may be wondering who exactly is John Galliano.


Galliano was one of the very first British designers to take over a French fashion house. Galliano served as Dior’s creative director from 1996 to 2011. The result of Galliano for Dior was one of the most iconic brands revamps in fashion history, even to this day. Many of his pieces heavily relied on pop influences and history. Dior's runway shows were no longer just runway shows that consisted of presentations of clothing. The sets were based on Galliano's extravagant and exotic trips for research and the shows felt more like a theatrical experience with models wearing artwork.


John Galliano Dior 2005
John Galliano Dior 2005

Celebrities such as Paris and Nicky Hilton, Mariah Carey, Missy Elliott, Gwen Stefani, and Sarah Jessica Parker were all seen in the early 2000s during Galliano's prime wearing full Galliano for Dior looks straight from the runway. Mariah Carey and Paris Hilton deserve their own article due to the various and iconic Galliano for Dior looks that they gave us in the early 2000s.



Then the magical era that was Galliano for Dior was no longer when it came to a sudden end. In 2011, he was fired following a shocking and unexpected scandal. Despite the scandal, the world of Dior has never been the same since Galliano was let go. His successors include Raf Simons, who maintained the house’s sense of high fashion but scaled-down Galliano’s over-the-top designs. Maria Grazia Chiuri was appointed as the female creative director for Dior. Since then Dior has changed drastically. Maria Grazia Chiuri brought the iconic saddlebag and newspaper print back, however, her designs are more focused on the practical and the comfortable as opposed to the over-the-top trendy designs and larger-than-life runways sets.


Due to the fact that it is highly unlikely that we'll ever see John Galliano make a return to the world of Dior, here are a few of my favorite collections. A notable mention is the Galliano for Dior S/S 2002 collection. From the classic blue monogram print, jean printed pieces, and the tacky oversized CD accent hardware, the S/S 2002 has to be one of my favorite collections.


Galliano for Dior S/S 2002
Galliano for Dior S/S 2002

Another one of my favorite collections has to be the Galliano for Dior S/S 2004 collection. The Hardcore Dior collection consists of leather, silver hardware that resembles piercings, and the iconic Dior star. I own a few pieces from this collection and they're some of the most loved pieces in my wardrobe.


Galliano for Dior S/S 2004
Galliano for Dior S/S 2004

One of the most popular and recognizable collections today is the Galliano for Dior F/W 2004-05 collection. Many pieces within this collection, such as the Gambler bag and the Dior Rasta pieces are coveted and rare pieces within the fashion community. In recent years Kim Kardashian has been seen wearing Dior Rasta pieces designed by Galliano.


Galliano for Dior F/W 2004-05
Galliano for Dior F/W 2004-05

If you have a chance to get your hands on Galliano for Dior pieces I would highly recommend it. Not only are they an investment but you can say you own pieces of fashion history. The once-loved and coveted designs of Galliano for Dior can only be found on websites such as TheRealReal or Vestiaire Collective. Galliano's coveted designs consistently cycle in and out of the trend cycle. From the iconic SS/2004 pink monogram collection that we saw make a comeback in 2020 or the J'adore tees that again gained popularity in 2017.


Despite the scandal that robbed fashion of one of its greatest creative directors it's hard to deny that Dior has truly never been the same since Galliano's departure. Let me know your thoughts on Dior since Galliano's departure as well as what your favorite Dior pieces are.


For now,


XX. GIRLONFILM



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