After rumors swirled about John Galliano’s appointment at Maison Martin Margiela, Women’s Wear Daily has confirmed the news. The controversial designer will take the reigns at the Paris-based fashion house and show his first collection in February. He will succeed an anonymous team of designers that has been carrying on Margiela’s legacy since 2009, and oversee the design of all Margiela lines, including couture and women’s ready-to-wear.
“Margiela is ready for a new charismatic creative soul,” said Renzo Rosso, president of OTB (the Italian group that controls Margiela). “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.” This opportunity follows Galliano’s fall-from-grace, when he was ousted from Christian Dior in 2011 after making racist and anti-Semitic remarks at a bar.
Following his departure and rehabilitation for alcohol and substance abuse, Galliano took up residence at Oscar de la Renta’s design studio. In June 2013, he stated, “I am able to create. I am ready to create… [and] I hope through my atonement I’ll be given a second chance.” Though it might take a bit of adjusting—Galliano’s own feminine designs are hardly on par with Margiela’s avant-garde aesthetic—it seems that this chance has come, and we’re looking forward to seeing how he receives it.