John Galliano

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Galliano in 2008, photo by Prphotos

Birth Name: Juan Carlos Antonio Galliano-Guillén

Place of Birth: Gibraltar

Date of Birth: 28 November, 1960

Ethnicity: Gibraltarian [Spanish, Italian]

John Galliano is a British-Spanish fashion designer. He has been creative director of his label John Galliano, and of French-based fashion houses Givenchy, Dior, and Maison Margiela.

He was born on Gibraltar, the son of Anita and Juan Galliano, a plumber. His father was Gibraltarian, and had Italian ancestry, and his mother was Spanish. He moved to England with his family at the age of six, living in Streatham, and Dulwich and Brockley in South London. John was raised Catholic.


Curious about ethnicity

15 Responses

  1. andrew says:

    he has an Italiano surname because there’ s a sizeable community of emigrants from Genoa (Liguria) in Gibraltar since the 1500s, hence the reason

    • andrew says:

      On his paternal “Galliano” line he definitely has an Italian ancestor somewhere further back. He might have distant Sephardi Jewish ancestry, I dunno.

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