Some things in fashion – and in life – are indisputable, and John Galliano’s talent is one of those things. The news of his appointment at the creative helm of Maison Martin Margiela has engendered excitement and speculation within a fashion industry keen to see clothes again weaved from his unparalleled imagination.
As returns go, Galliano’s gentle re-emergence from the fashion hinterland has been about as gradual as one can imagine. Exiled by many – but by no means all – following his dismissal from Dior and subsequent trial for anti-Semitism more than three years ago, Galliano has engaged in a strategic re-entry: with only select interviews and limited public appearances leading up to his creative rebirth. Before entertaining any reintroduction to the industry, he began a lengthy period of contemplation and recovery from the addiction issues that precipitated and accompanied his Dior collapse. Living in LA, away from the pace of Paris; building personal relationships; making amends; teaching and mentoring fashion students – and now with a lifestyle to rival a vegan chef – Galliano is healthy mentally and physically, cleansing mind and body as he approaches his new beginning.
Will wish him both happiness and success, following this next chapter with great interest.
JOHN GALLIANO IN VOGUE