Report: Dior To Appoint Maria Grazia Chiuri As Creative Head Of Christian Dior

Maria Grazia Chiuri Valentino
Pierpaolo Piccioli & Maria Grazia Chiuri.
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Maria Grazia Chiuri, one half of the celebrated creative duo behind Italian luxury brand Valentino, is taking her talents to Christian Dior, according to a Reuters report.

LVMH-owned Dior will make the announcement after its couture show in early July, two sources close to the situation reportedly told Reuters.

Chiuri would become the first woman creative director in the company’s history and would take the creative lead following the highly publicized and sudden exit of Raf Simons in October.

Chiuri and her co-creative director at Valentino, Pierpaolo Piccioli, had received marked success over the years, driving substantial revenue and profit growth at the Italian luxury house since taking the creative reins in 2008.

Chiuri’s exit from Valentino follows a slew of high-profile departures at luxury brands during the past year, including Alexander Wang’s exit from BalenciagaAlber Elbaz’s split from Lanvin, and Christopher Suarez departure from Nicholas Kirkwood.