​valentino’s maria grazia chiuri could be the first female designer of dior

Trusted industry sources are saying that Chiuri is soon to be appointed as the creative director of Dior following Raf Simons' departure.

by Charlotte Gush
Jun 23 2016, 4:50pm

Maria Grazia Chiuri, one half of the current Valentino design duo, is reportedly soon to be announced as the next creative director of Dior, almost nine months after the surprise departure of Raf Simons. She would become the first woman to hold the position in the maison's 70 year history.

According to a report from Business of Fashion, two sources who are "familiar with the matter" have confirmed the news to them, with one saying they "understand that it will be announced after the (July) couture show," which is on Monday 4 July.

Chiuri has been joint creative director at Valentino with Pierpaolo Piccioli since founder Valentino Garavani announced his retirement in 2007. The duo has been very successful at Valentino -- despite being accused of cultural appropriation for collections inspired by Africa and Native American craft -- turning the Italian house into a billion dollar business by the start of March 2016.


Text Charlotte Gush
Photography Mitchell Sams