valentino confirms departure of co-creative director maria grazia chiuri
Pierpaolo Piccioli is now sole creative director of the maison, with Chiuri reportedly set to be appointed as the first ever female creative director of Dior.
Valentino have this morning confirmed the departure of co-creative director Maria Grazia Chiuri, after 17 years with the brand. Following months of speculation, Pierpaolo Piccioli is now sole creative director of Valentino, with Chiuri reportedly set to be announced as creative director of Dior following the surprise departure of Raf Simons last year.
"After 25 years of creative partnership and of professional satisfactions we gave ourselves the opportunity of continuing our artistic paths in an individual way with the reciprocal desire of further great achievements," said both Chiuri and Piccioli in a joint statement released by the brand.
Chiuri continues: "I have shared with Pierpaolo a great part of my professional life and it has been an experience made of many successful creative achievements together. I am ready to embark on a new professional challenge."
Chiuri had been joint creative director at Valentino with Pierpaolo Piccioli since the retirement of founder Valentino Garavani in 2007. A move to Dior would make her the first woman to hold the creative director position in the French maison's 70 year history.
Text Matthew Whitehouse
Photography Mitchell Sams