John Galliano, photo by Patrick Demarchelier, via Business of Fashion
The king is back. John Galliano has been appointed Creative Director at Maison Martin Margiela. After video surfaced in 2011 of Galliano spewing Anti-Semetic remarks in a Parisienne bar, the designer had to leave his post at Christian Dior, a brand he had spent almost 25 years working with.
The last few years have served as atonement for Galliano, who admitted to having problems with drugs and alcohol. I can only imagine how difficult it would be to produce so many collections every year, with all the pressures of being a highly credited designer while simultaneously trying to manage a life outside of the public eye. He has worked with Anti-Semetic groups and apologized on numerous occasions as he understands what he did was unacceptable and I believe he is genuinely sorry. He was accountable for his actions and now, three years later, he is ready to take the helm once again.
After a three week stint working for Oscar de la Renta, rumours spread that Galliano may be the designer’s successor. Although he didn’t take a position at the house, his influence in Oscar’s Fall 2013 was apparent. After Maison Martin Margiela’s mysterious founder retired in 2009, there was no identifiable team of designers. For the first time, they will have a Creative Director who is renowned in the industry. Parent company OTB Group’s president, Renzon Rosso, said in a press release that he “looks forward to his return to create that Fashion Dream that only he can create, and wish him to here find his new home.”
My most sincere congratulations go out to Mr. Galliano and I hope that his return to fashion is triumphant as the legacy he has created for himself thus far.