After getting dismissed from his position at Christian Dior in 2011 from a scandal that included drunken anti-semitic remarks and a temporary time-out from the fashion industry, the flamboyant John Galliano has returned to the runway–well, not quite yet. It was recently announced that he’d be joining Maison Martin Margiela as the brand’s new creative director–a match that’s as equally surprising as his return. Margiela’s always been something like an invisible man in the realm of fashion; when he was the head designer he rarely did interviews and was rarely photographed. Since Margiela stepped down as the fashion house’s head designer, the house has remained excruciatingly quiet about who their designers are. Galliano on the other hand, relished in having his name and face and work in the public’s eye. He’s notorious for his vivacious personality and fearlessness when it comes to his creative pursuits. He’s largely responsible for the aesthetic shift at Dior–from chic and feminine to elaborate and exotic–after he joined them in 1995. It’ll be interesting to see where Galliano will take Margiela’s inclination for deconstructive fashion. His first pieces for the Paris-based fashion house will be shown at Paris Haute Couture Week in January 2015.

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