Last week the fashion industry welcomed another power shift with Maria Grazia Chiuri named Christian Dior’s new Artistic Director of womenswear, which comprises haute couture, ready-to-wear items, and accessories. The Italian designer previously served as Valentino’s Co-Creative Director, a position she shared with her long-time collaborator Pierpaolo Piccioli. The duo successfully revitalised Valentino and left quite the impression on their customers.
The appointment will also make Maria Grazia Chiuri Dior’s first female designer since the label was founded in 1946. Previously, the Creative Director position was helmed by Raf Simons, who abruptly resigned in October last year after more than three years on the job.
Ms Chiuri herself started her career at Fendi where she specialised in accessories design. The alumnus of European Institute of Design in Rome later went on and explored her signature styles at Valentino by creating soft and modern feminine designs as seen in its Rockstuds pumps, dramatic capes and Roman-inspired theme, among others.
Christian Dior’s Creative Director will unveil her first collection at the upcoming Paris Fashion Week in September.