"Margiela is ready for a new charismatic creative soul,” said Renzo Rosso, president of OTB, which 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. 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."
It has been a long and slow process of rehabilitation for Galliano, who was fired from Christian Dior and his eponymous fashion house in 2011 following his anti-semitic outburst in a Paris bar. The British designer was subsequently found guilty of hate speech by a French court. He went to rehab and stayed out of the limelight, seeking to make amends for his remarks.
Galliano will design for all Margiela lines, including couture and women's and men's ready-to-wear, WWD reports. His first collection for Margiela is expected to land in January for Paris Couture Week.