Archive for the ‘Fashion People for $400’ Category

Fashion People for $400, Please: Cathy Horyn

January 23, 2009

Name: Cathy Horyn

Born: 1956 in Coshocton, Ohio

Education: Undergrad from Barnard College; Master’s in Journalism from Northwestern University.


  • 1986-1990: Fashion writer for The Detroit News
  • 1990-1995: Fashion reporter for The Washington Post
  • 1998: Cathy begins her career at The New York Times as a fashion reporter (in the interim, Ms. Horyn worked at Vanity Fair as a contributing fashion & entertainment editor)
  • 1999: Cathy becomes the fashion critic at The New York Times
  • 2001: Cathy is awarded The Eugenia Sheppard Award for fashion writing

Aesthetic: Cathy Horyn tends to appreciate pieces that are commercially viable but push the envelope developmentally; Ghesquiere’s early Balenciaga work and Lagerfeld for Chanel are particular favorites. She also favors a playfulness in fashion (a la Marc Jacobs), and often rejects uninspired minimalism.

Known For: Her runway reviews are brutally honest; so much so, she’s been banned from several shows after negative write-ups. Horyn was most notably in a very public feud with Giorgio Armani regarding “unnecessarily sarcastic comments” on his Spring 2008 collection.

Site: NYT archive


Fashion People for $400, Please: John Galliano

January 8, 2009

Much like “Learn a Line,” this category will be dedicated to an overview of the career/life of one particularly outrageous fashion figure. Let’s start with the biggies:

Name: Juan Carlos Antonio Galliano Guillén

Born: 11/28/1960 in Gibraltar

Education: St. Martin’s School of Arts


  • Galliano’s entire senior presentation, entitled “Les Incroyables” was purchased by Browns.
  • After his first backer fell through, Anna Wintour & Andre Leon Talley introduced Galliano to a large investment firm for financial support. This backing helped to establish John Galliano as a reputable high fashion house. He still produces collections under this line.
  • In 1995, Galliano was appointed head designer at Givenchy.
  • In 1996, he moved to Christian Dior, where he remains.

Aesthetic: Over-the-top thematics made commercial; with an extraordinary attention to detail.

Known For:

  • Couture embellishments on RTW
  • His outrageous post-show outfits