It has been confirmed that the French high-end fashion designer, John Galliano, has been appointed creative director of the french fashion house Maison Martin Margiela.
Italian entrepeneur Renzo Rosso, who is president of OTB (Only the Brave) the holding company of Maison Martin Margiela and other influential fashion houses such as Viktor&Rolf, Diesel and Marni, speaks fondly of Galliano,
“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.”
Galliano was famously sacked from Christian Dior in 2011 after a video of him using anti Semitic language whilst drunk in a bar in the Jewish quarter of Paris was exposed. The 53 year old designer faced a maximum of 6 years in jail but he was given a lower sentence with suspended fines totalling £4700 after the court decided he was sorry for his actions which were to be blamed on drink and drugs.
Having spent 15 years at Dior, he took a departure from the world of fashion and became creative director of the Russian perfumery chain L’Etoile.
He modestly told French newspaper, Le Point “I have yet to design my best collection. The new Galliano will be even bigger and better… I love working, it’s my therapy. I can draw until four in the morning every night and not feel tired… I’ve come face to face with my demons, medicine and alcohol. I have rebuilt myself again.”
Galliano, who is considered one of the most influential designers of our age, has been awarded the title of Fashion Designer of the Year 4 times. His flamboyant style and designs embrace themes such as history, world cultures, delicate femininity, glamour and colour. his first show for Maison Martin Margiela will be in January 2015 for the Haute Couture week in Paris.
We at Gowns and Heels can’t wait to see what will be on the runway. What do you think his new inspiration will be? We’d also love to know your favourite Galliano pieces so leave us a comment to let us know.