Galliano's back, joining Martin Margiela

Staff Writer
Columbus Monthly

PARIS (AP) — John Galliano will be designing fashion again, joining Paris house Martin Margiela, three years after leaving the business in disgrace.

Galliano, after a long career at Christian Dior, left fashion in 2011 after he was caught on video slurring "I love Hitler." He was dismissed from Dior, left his namesake label and was convicted by a French court on complaints of anti-Semitic behavior.

He said he was under stress and admitted to being an alcoholic, and later apologized.

Maison Martin Margiela's parent company OTB announced in a statement Monday that they're bringing Galliano on board as creative director, praising his "non-conformist creative talent."

Margiela was seen as an avant-garde presence on the fashion scene under its founder but later struggled to retain its edge.