Maria Grazia Chiuri Moves to Dior

It's official: Maria Grazia Chiuri will fill Raf Simon's vacant spot at Dior, making her the house's first female creative director

Maria Grazia Chiuri at the Valentino La Traviata event in Rome. (Photo: Splash News)

Fashion seems to have been a game of musical chairs as of late, and the latest big designer move is an historic one: Maria Grazia Chiuri, formerly the co-creative director of Valentino, has been named creative director of Christian Dior, making her the first woman ever to hold the top creative position at the house. The appointment is also Chiuri’s first major role away from her longtime collaborator and Valentino co-creative director, Pierpaolo Piccioli. Her first collection for Dior will debut in September at Paris Fashion Week, just in time for the house’s 70th anniversary. While there are questions as to how well she’ll handle the creative director role solo, Dior’s stance is clear: she’s been given even more creative control than her lofty predecessor, Raf Simons. Not only will she oversee the couture and ready-to-wear collections, but she’ll also play a crucial role in overall image, ad campaigns and store design. With new designers also debuting at Lanvin and Yves Saint Laurent in September, Paris Fashion Week is shaping up to be a real game-changer.


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