John Galliano Named Creative Director of Maison Martin Margiela

He's back.

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Oh, how the mighty hath fallen and found their way back into fashion's good graces. After John Galliano's highly publicized anti-Semitic tirade and subsequent dismissal from helm of Dior in 2011, the designer is back in a big way. According to WWD (opens in new tab), Galliano has been named creative director at Maison Martin Margiela, where he will oversee women's and men's RTW and couture. His debut collection for the Belgian fashion house is expected at Paris Haute Couture Week in January.

"Margiela is ready for a new charismatic creative soul," Renzo Rosso, president of OTB, the company who owns Margiela, told WWD. "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."

Since 2011, Galliano has undergone treatment for alcohol and substance abuse, and while he's dabbled into fashion — collaborating with Oscar de la Renta on a fall collection and attempting (unsuccessfully) to teach a master class at Parsons the New School for Design — this is no doubt his consequential return.

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