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Maria Grazia Chiuri is officially moving to Dior

Maria Grazia Chiuri is officially moving to Dior

Maria Grazia Chiuri has been confirmed as the first female creative director of French fashion house Dior.

The Italian designer had been at the helm of Valentino for eight years with her former partner Pierpaolo Piccioli. Prior to that, the pair had been at the label for a further nine years.

After much speculation it was announced on Thursday (07Jul16) that Chiuri was departing the brand, with many guessing correctly she was destined for Dior.

Sidney Toledano, president and chief executive officer of Christian Dior, confirmed the news, and heaped praise on the label’s new couturier. Her appointment marks the first time a woman has taken the helm at Dior.

“She’s very straightforward and a direct person and so, frankly, the first time I met her, I knew that she was the one,” Toledano told Business of Fashion.

"We were talking about the vision of the woman of today, of tomorrow, of the young generation. The woman in different occasions — when she works, when she is shopping, when she is going for a cocktail or dinner. She has a global experience and big intuition, at the same time she is really pragmatic and the way she talks about it, it is very clear.”

On Wednesday Valentino showed its Fall 16 line at Paris Couture Week, with the stunning show serving as Chiuri’s swansong for her old house.

The move is also ending 25 years of partnership with Piccioli. The pair first met through a mutual friend in the ‘80s, and went on to work together at Fendi before both moving to Valentino. Piccioli will now lead Valentino alone.

“I have shared with Pierpaolo a great part of my professional life and it has been an experience made of many successful creative achievements together,” she said in a statement. “I am ready to embark on a new professional challenge."

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