Oct 07, 2014 10:11AM

Galliano Joins Margiela As Creative Director

This should be interesting!

John Galliano, the designer known for glamour, excess and his love of the spotlight (plus that career-destroying anti-semitic rant), has rejoined the world of ~haute fashion~ as the Creative Director of Margiela. Could their be a more unlikely appointment? As our writer Mel Kenny said in the preface to an interview with Maison Martin Margiela for Oyster #103, "Since 1988, the legendary fashion house Maison Martin Margiela has used white as a symbol for anonymity, its founder Martin Margiela eschewing the fame that could have come with launching one of the most exciting avant-garde labels of the nineties in favour of letting the clothes and (in the case of interviews) the MMM collective speak for themselves."

Seems at odds with Galliano's way of working — he's always been in the spotlight. However, following his dismissal from Dior and his namesake label, and his conviction for anti-semetic behaviour, the designer may be looking for a more discreet role in the fashion industry. Galliano's villainy aside, given the MMM collective's kaleidoscopic approach to colour in their haute couture collections in recent seasons, this could be a super interesting collaboration.

Galliano's first haute couture collection for MMM will be shown in January 2015.