John Galliano’s creations for the House of Dior have entered fashion history and are widely recognized as some of the most breathtaking and imaginative collections ever created. John Galliano for Dior is dedicated to showcasing these unforgettable designs, which have become collectors’ items and formed a key chapter in the history of the House of Dior—“the greatest house in the world,” as Galliano stated when he was first placed at its helm. “I see myself as a guardian of [Christian Dior’s] spirit, a keeper of his dreams.” Opening with an essay on the designer’s work, the book unfolds chronologically, covering a decade of showstopping designs, from 1998 to 2010, and revealing previously unseen behind-the-scenes moments that capture models, hairdressers, stylists, makeup artists, and John Galliano himself at their most creative.
Robert Fairer’s stunning and high-energy photographs convey the drama, glamour, and wild imagination that defined Galliano’s Dior shows. They make this publication a must-have reference for fashion and photography lovers alike.
Features…backstage shots and detailed close-ups…. Dramatic and colorful, Mr. Galliano's more-is-more aesthetic is captured by the photographer Robert Fairer, who documented the designer's collections for over a decade.
— The New York Times
For the first time, the history of Galliano's Dior is being celebrated in full… Reveal[s] the drama, behind-the-scenes moments, glamour and genius of one of the most revered designers of our time.
— The Face
Fairer's images accurately capture the heady backstage drama, superlative mannequins of the era and most of all Galliano's creations in finest detail. Essential for fans of the house of Dior's arguably most exuberant period.
Captures the designer's extraordinary creations during his tenure at the French fashion house in previous unseen behind-the-scenes moments.
— Business of Fashion
A must-own for any fashion connoisseur.
— Society Texas Magazine
Capture[s] the designer's wildly imaginative runway shows and dramatic, colorful creations.
Fairer's backstage photos capture not only the designer's uninhibited creations, but also the behind-the-scenes frenzy at his shows… stunning.
— Daily Mail
Robert Fairer worked exclusively for American Vogue behind the scenes for over a decade. Beginning his career at British Elle in the mid 1990s, then Harpers Bazaar USA and finally at American Vogue, he covered the fashion zeitgeist of supermodel, designer and fashion excess from 1993-2011.His backstage archive has been published in three monographs, Alexander McQueen Unseen, John Galliano Unseen, and Marc Jacobs Unseen. Robert’s work is published in the New York Times, Vogue, Harpers Bazaar, i-D Magazine, and Visionaire, as well as fashion, portrait and lifestyle books, and anthologies. Robert continues to document the fashionable elite and collaborate with his editors and clients in uncharted fashion domains.
André Leon Talley
Oriole Cullen is a Curator of Fashion at the V&A.
Iain R. Webb