Margiela in the Galliano era


The man revolutionised and brought Christian Dior into the millennium, his iconic theatrical take on ready to wear was the perfect fit for Maison Margiela. YME Universe takes a look at John Galliano’s impressive two-year tenure with the french fashion house.

John Galliano is one of the most eccentric names in modernised fashion industry, the 56 year old designer has designed for Givenchy, Christian Dior and now he’s completing his second year at Maison Margiela. Galliano has won Best British Fashion Designer of the year 4 times, he has also been honoured with CBE and RDI titles in the UK.

His first show for Margiela was everything you’d expect from the British designer, but complimented Maison Margiela’s deconstructive nature and avant-garde approach to dressing. Galliano had made his comeback, the collection was titled ’Artisanal’ and came across as updated and contemporary — an aesthetic he continues to bring to the Belgian / French fashion house.

John Galliano’s time at Maison Martin Margiela has been raw, deconstructed and innovative — just the same way Martin Margiela has ruled his brand since its launch. Martin Margiela who is easily confused as a part of the Antwerp Six has always had somewhat of an outsider status in the industry — marching to the beat of his own drum. This all complements Galliano’s way of working too, which makes him the perfect successor for the brand.


Maison Margiela is one of the biggest and most notable pioneering in the avant-garde fashion segment, just like Helmut Lang, Comme des Garcons and Yohji Yamamoto. The brand focuses on the clothes, rather than pop culture, stardom, celebrity culture and cliche’s. This is why Maison Margiela in the Galliano era is worth the praise.

Written by Madeleine Holth for YME


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