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John Galliano Given a Second Chance at Maison Martin Margiela

By Aly Zorn Ladies and gentlemen, he's back! The infamous and flamboyant John Galliano has been given a second chance as creative director at Maison Martin Margiela. After being sacked by Dior in 2011 for an anti-Semitic outburst at a bar, Galliano was left in the cold to fend for himself. Many of us wondered what would come of the undeniably talented designer and if he would forever be lost in the woods, but fortunately it seems that the trees have parted and Galliano has been taking steps to reprehend his behaviour.  He has acknowledged and undergone treatment for drugs and alcohol, stating that he could only hope to "come back from the offense he caused." Some had reinstated their faith in Galliano, Oscar de la Renta gave him a one-season design residency for Fall 2013 and he also has reportedly been mentoring students at Central Saint Martins in London, the prestigious school he graduated from. Renzo Ross, President of Only the Brave Group, which owns Mainson Martin Margiela, said, "John Galliano is one of the greatest, undisputed talents of all time... I look forward to his return to create that fashion dream that only he can create." Galliano was known for his theatrical, romantic designs that merged cultures, history, femininity and glamour, as well as his ingenious upcycling of re-purposed and found materials. John Galliano and  Alexis Roche Photo via John Galliano and Alexis Roche with Natalia Vodianova in Christian Dior Haute Couture Even his first collection straight from Saint Martins, the French Revolutionary themed "Les Incroyables" wooed the fashion community and left Galliano walking down a path of extravaganza and praise. It's quite ironic that he will be replacing perhaps one of the most quiet designers, Matthieu Blazy, but Galliano undoubtedly has the experience, having numerous years at Dior. Bea Ercolini, editor-in-cheif at Belgian Elle stated, "They hired the most visible designer to replace the most invisible designer, which is very ironic and funny and from that point of view, very much in the spirit of Maison Martin Margiela." So perhaps Galliano will elevate the house to a new level of couture. Will the designer delight and excite us again at Maison Martin Margiela? Only time will tell... Look out for Mr. Galliano's first show for the brand during Couture Week in Paris this January.  

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