“Today, the designer is marveling in the world around him. “It’s great just being alive again,” he says, “and every experience is new.” He adds, in a confidential whisper, “I’ve never done this sober before. And I have to keep reminding myself that it’s actually quite normal. It’s actually quite nice, John.”
“Galliano explains that he plans to structure Margiela in a “pyramidal” way, like the classic haute couture houses, with the couture collection at the apex, influencing the rest of the mens- and womenswear collections. In classic Galliano-ese, he describes this Artisanal collection as “the parfum of the house, which both informs and inspires the eau de toilette. What I’m trying to do through this collection is to establish my intentions,” he continues, “and to show what it feels like to wear Margiela today.” Although the designer seems preternaturally calm, he is aware of the responsibilities that lie ahead. “This collection has to be so many things,” he says. “I have to prove that I can do this job. That I am disciplined. That there’s still the J.G. magic. Let’s see what happens. But the process I am . . . enjoying.”
Read the rest of the intriguing interview on Vogue.com.
We’re quite glad to see Mr Galliano finally getting his act together. He has been able to reign back the crazy and move forward in a positive fashion. And this gig at Maison Martin Margiela will also do him good in keeping his ego in check. The brands previous Creative Director was a literal recluse, and to this day, no-one knows what he looks like. The designer also has a new chance to now showcase other facets of his design vision. He has the ability to do something that steps away from Dior and what he was used to in the past. We’re rooting for you Mr Galliano. Just don’t mess it up.