The Rise and Fall of Galliano and McQueen

Four years ago, the fashion designer John Galliano sabotaged his career. He unleashed a drunken, anti-Semitic rant at a Paris cafe. It was captured on video and went viral. Days later, Galliano was fired as chief designer for Christian Dior. A year before Galliano’s implosion, another fashion prodigy also self-destructed. Alexander McQueen, who turned clothing design into fine art, killed himself. He was just 40 years old. Galliano and McQueen helped open the exclusive world of high fashion to the masses and became celebrities in the process. But ultimately, they couldn’t withstand the pressure. A new book out this week tells the story of these two men, and how their lives were remarkably similar.

 Laura Loveday (fix)Markus Bollingmo

John Galliano, Photo Credit: Laura Loveday (Left)
John Galliano, Photo Credit: Markus Bollingmo (Right)

Markus Bollingmo

John Galliano
Photo Credit: Markus Bollingmo

Markus Bollingmo

John Galliano
Photo Credit: Markus Bollingmo

Alexander McQueen Spring/Summer 2001Alexander McQueen Spring/Summer 2001

Alexander McQueen, Photo Credit: Victor Soto

Alexander McQueen Spring/Summer 2001Victor Soto

Alexander McQueen, Photo Credit: Victor Soto


Dana Thomas - author of “Fashionopolis: The Price of Fast Fashion and the Future of Clothes” - @danathomasparis

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