John Galliano has wasted no time in assembling his dream team at Maison Martin Margiela, reportedly enlisting favoured collaborators from his time at Christian Dior and at his own label.
Dior muse and confidant Vanessa Bellanger, Alexandre Roux from John Galliano, Jean Yves Mustiere, most recently at Roberto Cavalli, and Galliano's former studio manager Rafaele Hardy are all said to be Margiela bound, although in line with the house's penchant for anonymity none of the appointments have been confirmed.
The house declined to comment on the names being linked to Galliano's arrival, saying only that Margiela "still considers itself a collective under the guidance of a creative director". A spokesperson told WWD that the design team under Galliano will be a mix of current employees and new members.
John Galliano's move to Oscar de la Renta was never completed and rumors at the time suggested that it may have been because he was unable to bring the team he needed to New York with him, so his Margiela start surrounded by those who have worked with him for years should be a more comfortable fit.