Maria Grazia Chiuri is Dior's first ever female artistic director

Finally, Raf Simon's successor is named

By Andrea Tim | Published: 11 Jul 2016

Chiuri at Dior

It's finally official. Maria Grazia Chiuri has been introduced as Dior's new artistic director of women's haute couture, ready-to-wear and accessories, nine months after Raf Simons announced his departure late October 2015.

The Italian former Valentino co-creative director is the first woman to lead the French fashion house in its 70-year history.

"I measure the tremendous responsibility of being the first woman in charge of a house so deeply rooted in the pure expression of femininity," Chiuri said in a statement. "I cannot wait to express my own vision."

Dior is already crediting her for how her vision of women "resonates with that of Mr. Dior." And so begins the anticipation for her first collection, to be shown at Paris Fashion Week on 30 September 2016 for Spring Summer 2017.

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