A former star dancer, this movement expert is the man behind the scenes that photographers can’t live without.
You may not know his name yet. Yet he is responsible for Rihanna’s lascivious poses as a grunge diva in the pages of Vogue Italia, Victoria Beckham’s acrobatic postures in Vogue China and the swaying moves of Kate Moss or the sublime Jourdan Dunn.
A former star dancer with the Frankfurt Ballet, Stephen Galloway is a creative movement director who comes to perfect the most high-profile shoots on the fashion planet. Nicknamed “the man who whispers in the ear of the top”, he was also artistic director at Issey Miyake in the 1990s, and has worked as a costume designer for international institutions such as the American Ballet Theatre, the Paris Opera, the Théâtre du Capitole and La Scala in Milan.
He has created some of the most striking images on the fashion planet, and is the man behind the scenes that designers and photographers look to for inspiration. Stephen Galloway has worked with the cream of the crop of artists and models and has coached Naomi Campbell, Mick Jagger and Christy Turlington. A consultant choreographer for the Rolling Stones for a time, he is a real asset on the shooting set, where he loosens up stiff bodies and enhances clothes with his perfect knowledge of the human body. The lift of an arm, the bend of a leg or a subtle wiggle make all the difference, making it possible to go from a pretty photo to a cult shot in a fraction of a second. Model Raquel Zimmermann even describes it as “a magic mirror that allows you to see how the clothes move on the model”.
This extraordinary expertise has made him an asset of choice for fashion houses such as Gucci, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Emilio Pucci, Tom Ford, Calvin Klein, YSL, Nina Ricci and many others, who do not hesitate to hire his services.