Whose design career has impacted you the greatest throughout your life? And why?
God, why? I remember seeing a picture from his winter 1995 show - with the snow, incidentally Carla Bruni was modelling the dress - and not even comprehending what it was. Because she was walking on snow, was spotlit, and the dress was just… something else. It was like no fashion representation I had ever seen before.
Then, when you started to look - through magazines, and books, and maybe television because it was before the Internet - and see everything else Galliano had created, was creating, these amazing worlds filled with these women, these incredible, amazing stories. These fully-realised fantasies made flesh. It was the most exciting thing I had ever seen.
Then came McQueen. There had been Westwood and Gaultier too. But Galliano is the emotional, guttural connection. It’s the thing I didn’t even know I was looking for. It was profoundly moving. Remember, that was before support networks like Tumblr, where you actually realise there are other people who love this kind of stuff and are inspired by the same things you loved. But I felt this connection to what he was doing, this ideal of beauty. There was something fundamental there, something shared.
It’s the reason I do this. And people ask me if I think John will come back, and I say I hope he will. Because I have to hope. Because he’s the reason I love it, and the reason I ever loved it. He’s the reason I do what I do. And it just isn’t the same without him.