It has been reported that John Galliano is in talks to start a haute couture line for Maison Martin Margiela.
The Gibralter-born fashion designer who was fired by Dior in 2011 after being arrested and convicted of making anti-semitic remarks in a Paris cafe, has yet to make a full return to the fashion industry.
Page Six reports that Galliano is in talks with the brand and has already hired five or six staff for his atelier.
Galliano made steps towards a return last year when he took up a temporary residency position at Oscar De La Renta to help out in the run-up to the autumn/winter 2013 show.
However he has made no secret about his desire to make a full comeback telling French newspaper Le Point in June of this year:
"The new Galliano will be even bigger and better. I love working, it's my therapy. I can draw until four in the morning every night and not feel tired. I've come face to face with my demons, medicine and alcohol. I have rebuilt myself again."
It would be an unusual move for Maison Martin Margiela, which has made its name with a notoriously secretive designer at its helm who until 2008 had never been photographed.
In contrast Galliano is one of the most famous designers in the world.