Confirmed: John Galliano taking creative reins at Maison Martin Margiela
His biggest comeback yet
While an official announcement is expected later today, for now we can report that following widespread industry speculation that John Galliano was headed to the Paris-based fashion house – and recent denials by Italian Renzo Rosso, whose group OTB controls Margiela – the move is in fact taking place ahead of Haute Couture SS15 which will show in January.
"Margiela is ready for a new charismatic creative soul," said Rosso, president of OTB. "John Galliano is one of the greatest, undisputed talents of all time – a unique, exceptional couturier for a maison that always challenged and innovated the world of fashion. I look forward to his return to create that fashion dream that only he can create, and wish him to here find his new home."
The 53-year-old designer has been sitting quietly since being ousted from Christian Dior and his signature fashion house in 2011 following a controversial outburst in a Paris café, and pursuing his creativity via a collaboration with Oscar de la Renta and a stint leading a Russian beauty company. It is understood he will take over the design leadership of all Margiela lines – which include couture, plus women's and men's ready-to-wear collections.