London: Designer John Galliano has been named Maison Martin Margiela's new creative director. The 53-year-old British fashion designer, who was fired from Dior in 2011 for making racist slurs outside a Parisian cafe, has been announced as the new creative director of the luxury French label, reportedly.
Renzo Rosso, who is acting president of OTB, the company which acquired Maison Martin Margiela in 2002, confirmed the news.
"Margiela is ready for a new charismatic creative soul. 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," he said.
"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."
The Gibraltar-born designer will take over leadership of all the brand's lines, including both men's and women's ready-to-wear and couture, and will show his first collection for the fashion house at Paris Couture Week in January.