Galliano attended Wilson's Grammar School in London before he went on to study fashion design at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design. he graduated with first class honors and his first collection, Les Incroyables, which was inspired by the French Revolution, was an instant hit and was bought by the London fashion boutique Browns.
From the mid 1990's until early 2011 he was designing several collections, some of them haute couture and some of the ready-to-wear, for the house of Dior and his own successful label. Galliano ventured into the world of perfumes in 2008 with his first fragrant offering "John Galliano by John Galliano". This EDP is often referred to as mystical or "Goth" and centers around prominent accords of incense, violet, iris, aldehydes, angelica, patchouli and rose. An EDT version of this fragrance was launched in 2010 shortly before the presentation of Parlez-Moi d'Amour. Parlez-Moi d'Amour EDT is a feminine fragrance that is based on blueberry and rose. In 2011 an EDP version was launched.