Maria Grazia Chiuri to be appointed by Dior

She will be the maison's first female creative director in 70 years

By Verinia Khoo | Published: 24 Jun 2016

Chiuri heads to Dior
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Dior may finally have a new creative director, eight months after the sudden departure of Raf Simons. Two separate sources have told Business of Fashion that Maria Grazia Chiuri, currently co-creative director at Valentino with Pierpaolo Piccioli, is set to become Dior's new creative director. If the rumours are true, Chiuri will be Dior's first female creative director in its 70-year history.

Sources say the announcement was scheduled to be made after Dior's next couture show in July, however we may hear earlier confirmation now that the news has leaked. Sources also say that Chiuri's first collection will be Spring Summer 2017, shown in Paris in October.

Chiuri and Piccioli have been widely credited with restoring romance to Valentino, but they've also given it a good dose of modernity, making its bags and shoes (the Rockstud must be the most imitated shoe in the world right now) both highly covetable and highly profitable. If the rumours turn out to be true it will be an exciting time ahead for Dior and its customers.

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