John Galliano Traded His Finery for a Margiela Lab Coat

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The notoriously reclusive Martin Margiela took a break from his regularly scheduled recluse-ing to deliver a symbolic "thumbs-up" to John Galliano, the unlikely pick for new creative director at the house he founded. Women's Wear Daily reports that in typical Margiela fashion, the designer didn't issue a statement or give a quote, but instead, "has let it be known that he approves of the appointment of John Galliano as creative director of the house he founded, according to a source with knowledge of the matter." Meanwhile, the kicker of the item contains the real news: Galliano has bowed to Margiela tradition, forgoing his wild and wacky costumes for the traditional Margiela lab coat while he works in the house's Paris atelier. Knowing Galliano, he's added some crazy accessories for extra "mad scientist" flair.