Meet The Stylist: Julian Ganio
It's not too often that you spot a stylist in front of the camera but for Chaos 69's latest issue, editorial stylist Julian Ganio not only styled the shoot but played the role of model, posing on the beaches of St. Ives, Cornwall sporting cheeky Christmas sweaters and shades. It's not the first time the London-based stylist has multi-tasked on set - fans may remember his semi-nakedness gracing the cover of Butt magazine a decade ago. Shy he is not. His affinity for the bold and his fantastic sense of humour is probably the reason his client list includes Another Man, i-D, Dazed, GQ, Kenzo, Pringle of Scotland, A.P.C., Burberry, MCM and Stella McCartney, to name a few. But it's his work styling Fendi's catwalks and campaigns over the last few years that has drawn the most attention. (We don't think it's an exaggeration to say his mad styling skills are partially responsible for #FendiMania). Here, we ask Julian what makes him tick...
If you could be a superhero, who would you be and why?
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Michelangelo because he is a party dude.
What is the first thing you think about in the morning?
The first thing I think of is, how much more sleep can I have?
Finish this sentence: If I wasn’t a stylist, I would be…
A pub landlord.
What has been the most hilarious/unexpected/proudest moment of your career?
The most hilarious would be styling Mickey and Minnie Mouse along with an 80 mens and womens' look for the catwalk show in Disneyland for the Opening Ceremony collaboration with Disney. The most unexpected moment was working alongside a hero of mine Sir Anthony Hopkins for a Brioni campaign. And the proudest moment is being fortunate enough to work with the inspiring Silvia Venturini Fendi for the past 3 years on Fendi mens..
When it comes to your own wardrobe, what is your greatest extravagance?
Fendi, Fendi, Fendi.
What is your first fashion memory?
I was quite partial to a double denim or denim dungaree look when I was a very young boy. When I got a little older in my teens, I was very much into 80’s casual brands like Lacoste, Fred Perry, Pringle of Scotland, Lyle and Scott and some Paul Smith too.
Name a must-follow Instagram account
@jaadiee [photographer and blogger Jannik Diefenbech] because his photographs of his Grandpa are genius.
How did you get your start in styling?
I studied menswear design and tailoring, then after that I was lucky enough to be given some great opportunities by some great creatives. One being designer Ian Jeffries who was then working with Karl Lagerfeld, another was stylist Willy Baker and editor Ben Reardon and also creative director Jop Van Bennekom.
Who do you admire?
My brother James and his lovely beautiful family Hannah, George and Liv.
How would you describe your styling aesthetic or overall approach to styling?
I’ve always loved this quote from Marlene Dietrich - "I dress for the image. Not for myself, not for the public, not for fashion, not for men." I guess I would like to think that may be my approach or at least what I have in the back of my mind somewhere sometimes.