Martin Margiela (born April 9, 1957 in Genk, Belgium) is a Belgian fashion designer, and the founder of fashion house Maison Martin Margiela. Since October 2009 Margiela no longer designs for Maison Martin Margiela. The brand is continued by the creative team. In October 2014 JOhn Galliano became the new creative director of the fashion house. In January 2015 the Parisian-based fashion house has dropped Martin, the first name of its eponymous founder, from its name and is now simply known as Maison Margiela. The Italian fashion group OTB is the parent company of Maison Margiela.