As reported on our forums earlier this month, John Galliano is set to make a comeback and take over creative direction of Maison Martin Margiela. Therefore, we thought it was only fitting to reflect back on his past work, including his brilliant collaboration with Vogue Paris, for this week’s Fashion Flashback.
Carine Roitfeld tapped Galliano to guest-edit the December 2006/January 2007 issue of French Vogue, back when the British designer held the reins at Christian Dior. The magazine produced two covers for the issue, both of which have become highly collectable. Photographed by Nick Knight, Drew Barrymore stars on both covers (wearing Dior, natch) with Galliano’s shadow making for an interesting illusion on the two cover images.
Designers are often very private, so it is a delight to leaf through this particular issue and see some personal tidbits about Galliano. From the editor’s letter, you can truly see on each and every page that he put his heart and soul into the making of the issue, contributing to just about everything. Galliano added personal pictures for numerous features, plus showcased his collages, sketches and inspiration boards from his work at Dior, which is a real treat.
Aside from Galliano’s presence, the fashion content is just as engaging. Sasha Pivovarova was shot by Peter Lindbergh, playing the role of designer on location at Dior’s headquarters in Paris. The 314-page issue isn’t all focused on Galliano, however. Hilary Rhoda was photographed by Mark Segal and styled by Carine Roitfeld for a fascinating story captured in black and white. Terry Richardson also contributed with model Coco Rocha, who plays with lit candles, spits milk out of her mouth and puts a bowl full of flour on her face — making for a very interesting and page-turning set of pictures.
Check out the thread to familiarize yourself with both covers and reflect back on the good ol’ days here.