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JOHN GALLIANO’S NIECE WEDS IN GIBRALTAR PHOTOS BY DAVID TOMS

THE KING OF HAUTE COUTURE DESIGNS A FLAMENCO-INSPIRED MASTERPIECE FOR HIS GODDAUGHTER

On 31 July

the Cathedral of St Mary the Crowned was the venue for the elegant wedding ceremony of Elizabeth Husband and Oliver Hawksley. Elizabeth is the granddaughter of John and Anita Galliano, who were married at the very same cathedral in 1954, where their three children, Rosemarie, John, and Inmaculada, were also baptised. The couple, both doctors, reside in England, but with this strong family link to Gibraltar the decision to hold the wedding on The Rock was a foregone conclusion! Another element of the wedding that was going to be a “sure thing” was the designer of her wedding dress – noneother than her maternal uncle and godfather, and head designer at Christian Dior, John Galliano. Created exclusively for his niece, Elizabeth’s magnificent dress was the piéce de résistance of the wedding. We asked Elizabeth for the story behind the creation of this couture masterpiece. With a smile that never left her face, the bride told us how her uncle had asked her to produce a scrapbook with all her ideas and inspirations behind her dream wedding. “The Book” contained magazine cut-outs, photos of people, flamenco dancers and sketches. Using the scrapbook as his guide, Galliano designed two dresses for her to choose from, and the first design captured everything she had hoped for…

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A sweetheart neckline with a handembroidered bodice, sparkling crystals all over the dress. The skirt was a glorious tribute to the flamenco dress, with its many layers and a cascading trail. The veil – in itself a work of art – was a fivemetre long full cathedral veil, delicately hand-embroidered.

A priceless creation inspired by the love of an uncle for his niece. He created every aspect of the final “look”, including the choice of accessories. Elizabeth flew to Paris for three fittings, and eventually the dress was sent to Gibraltar in two giant wardrobe-size boxes complete with its own mannequin!

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