The disgraced British fashion designer John Galliano, age 53, is to make his comeback in the world of couture as the new creative director of the cutting edge label Maison Martin Margiela. The Paris fashion house has confirmed that the former head designer at Christian Dior will design it’s next collection. Last year, Mr Galliano completed a three-week residency with the American designer Oscar de la Renta which was brokered by Anna Wintour. He also took on a role as consultant for Russian perfume brand L’Etoile.
Renzo Rosso, president of OTB, which controls Margiela said,“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.”
John Galliano was found guilty of charges of ‘Public Racism’ and was stripped of the top French award, the Legion d’Honneur in 2012. He was charged after verbally abusing art curator, Geraldine Bloch, 35, and her Asian companion, 41-yr-old Philippe Virgitti. He called Ms Bloch a “dirty whore”and “dirty Jewish face” several times. The incident that led to his arrest originated from this outburst and were the center for the investigation and charges and fines imposed. Bloch is also personally suing Mr Galliano over this outburst of anti-Semitic abuse, that lasted 45 minutes. He was charged with “public insults based on race or ethnicity”. She told the court he had mocked her appearance and clothing during the February incident, and that the word “Jewish” was “one of the most recurrent”. The designer, was fired by the Dior fashion house following the allegations. Galliano said he had no recollection of the events and denied being racist.
Galliano will cover all Margiela lines, including couture and women’s and men’s ready-to-wear, WWD reported that His first collection for Margiela is expected to land in January for Paris Couture Week.