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Maria Grazia Chiuri is bringing two new associates to Christian Dior

Maria Grazia Chiuri is bringing two new associates to Christian Dior

Maria Grazia Chiuri has allegedly recruited two new associates for Christian Dior.

The former Valentino co-creative director, who is set to take over from Raf Simons as creative director of the luxury fashion house, has reportedly brought two of her longtime colleagues Cristiana Mentrasti and Raul Capuccini from the Italian fashion house to accompany her at the French brand, according to WWD.

And Maria - who confirmed her departure from Valentino earlier this month after 17 years at the company - is believed to have built up a rapport with Cristiana and Raul when they worked on the accessories capsule at Valentino in 2008.

Maria - who has begun work as the artistic director of Dior's women's haute couture, ready-to-wear and accessory collections - has admitted she is "honoured" to be a part of the Dior team and is set to launch her first collection under the French label on September 30 in time for the 2017 ready-to-wear season during fashion week.

Speaking previously about her new role, she said: "It is a great honour to be joining the house of Dior.

"I measure the tremendous responsibility of being the first woman in charge of the creation in a house so deeply rooted in the pure expression of femininity.

"The endless wealth of its heritage continues to be a constant source of inspiration for fashion, and I cannot wait to express my own vision."

And Dior bosses are equally delighted by her appointment.

Sidney Toledano, president and CEO of Christian Dior Couture, said: "I am thrilled to welcome Maria Grazia Chiuri in the house of Christian Dior.

"Her vision of women, both sensual and poetic, resonates with that of Monsieur Dior. Her expertise in the art of couture and her passion for craftsmanship will be in perfect harmony with the exceptional know-how of our ateliers."

Meanwhile Pierpaolo Piccioli - who was the co-creative director alongside Maria at Valentino - will remain as the sole creative director at the Italian fashion house.