Global distributor, streaming service and producer, MUBI teams up with O2 Play to release the documentary “Rise and Fall – John Galliano“, about one of the most important and controversial designers in the history of fashion. Directed by Oscar® winner Kevin Macdonald (Whitney, Marley), the film hits national screens in March and the MUBI platform soon.
Galliano dressed the most important people in the world during his fifteen years as creative director of Givenchy and Dior. And he was widely recognized as one of the most successful fashion designers of the 1990s and 2000s. His career, however, ended abruptly when he was caught on camera in 2011 outside Café La Perle in Paris, hurling anti-Semitic insults at people close to where he was.
The documentary chronicles Galliano’s career from when he was a fashion student at Central Saint Martins University in London to becoming the creative director of one of the biggest fashion brands in the world. It also honestly reveals his struggle with drug addiction and the industry pressures he faced along the way.
With archival images of the haute couture and high fashion shows of the time, long interviews with Galliano himself, and conversations with Naomi Campbell, Kate Moss, Penélope Cruz, Charlize Theron, Anna Wintour, Edward Enninful, among others, this detailed portrait of Galliano confronts the toxic work culture behind the fashion industry.
Kevin Macdonald was born in Glasgow in 1967. He has directed several award-winning documentaries and feature films, including Munich, 1972: One Day in September (winner of the Oscar® 1999), Touching the Void (BAFTA Best British Film 2003), The Last King of Scotland (2006 Oscar® and BAFTA winner), Life in a Day (2010 and 2020), State Intrigues, and the biographical documentaries Sky Ladder, Marley and Whitney. He also produced countless others, such as Senna, The Rescue and Rebellion. His directorial feature film, The Mauritanian, was nominated for five BAFTA Awards, including Best Film, in 2021.