He was born in Gibraltar but the family moved to the UK when he was six years old, living in Streatham, Dulwich and Brockley. He studied fashion design at St Martin's School of Art. He lived in Paris for many years with his partner Alexi Roche, and has been chief designer for Givenchy and Dior, as well as his own label.
He was ranked number 46 in the [[Pink List 2010]. The citation said:
- "In a recession, Galliano's role as creative director at Christian Dior is a tough gig. Nevertheless, the most recent figures for the house's eye-wateringly expensive haute couture arm were the best since his arrival in 1996. Penelope Cruz got married in one of his gowns last month."