You could say journalist and author Alexander Fury is just a little obsessed with John Galliano. Stepping inside Fury’s home in London, England, he has an entire archive room dedicated to the designer’s exquisite clothes. Over the years, Fury has collected roughly 300 Galliano pieces, including garments from the designer’s days at the helm of labels such as Givenchy and Christian Dior—all of which Fury handles with white cotton curator’s gloves, of course. “It seems a bit deranged, but it’s to protect everything from acids from my hands,” he says.
Fury first started collecting Galliano pieces when he was a teenager. “I was just a kid who was completely besotted with the work that he was creating,” Fury remembers. He recalls the first time he ever saw a Galliano dress in a magazine. “It was a picture of Carla Bruni, and she was wearing a long, black and white dress on a rooftop, and it was snowing,” says Fury. “I wanted to know more about it.” At 16 years old, he purchased his very first John Galliano for Dior piece with all his money: a set of logo rings from the fall 2000 collection. “When I discovered Galliano’s work, I was like, ‘These are people that get what I’m about,’” says Fury. “For me, my sport is fashion, and my team is Galliano.”
Since then, his collection has grown intensively of course. “The pieces I collect are womenswear, and extreme womenswear—they’re not polite coats with a little bit of a bust dart,” he says, adding that he has an affinity for “ballgowns, bias-cut evening dresses, and skirt suits in a shocking pink.” Some treasures in Fury’s collections? There’s a sequined french from Galliano’s fall 2000 “Fly Girls” collection for Christian Dior. “It’s entirely sequined, silk, and tie-dyed to look like denim,” says Fury.
There’s also newsprint Dior jackets that fasten with safety pins (you may remember the newsprint dress Carrie Bradshaw wore in Sex and the City, from the same collection), as well as an embroidered floral blazer from Galliano’s fall 1995 Haute Couture collection for Givenchy. The piece he would save in a house fire is the fall 1995 Galliano dress he originally saw Bruni wearing in a magazine, which he now proudly owns. Fury has such an impressive array that Galliano himself has even taken notice of his collection, sending Fury a personal note that he now treasures. (Fun fact: Fury also once outbid Galliano on eBay for one of his fall 1996 coats.)