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Maria Grazia Chiuri's Valentino exit confirmed

Maria Grazia Chiuri's Valentino exit confirmed

Valentino has confirmed Maria Grazia Chiuri is leaving the label.

The Italian designer is stepping down from her role as co-creative director, leaving partner Pierpaolo Piccioli to helm the label alone.

It’s widely believed Chiuri is heading to Dior, which if true, will mark the French brand’s first ever female creative director.

Chiuri has been at Valentino for 17 years, though has been working with Piccioli much longer. The pair met through a mutual friend and soon began a career together at Fendi in the late ‘80s.

“After 25 years of creative partnership and of professional satisfactions we gave ourselves the opportunity of continuing our artistic paths in an individual way with the reciprocal desire of further great achievements," Chiuri said in a statement. "I thank Mr Valentino Garavani and Mr (Giancarlo) Giammetti for their support in these years and for everything that I have learned from them. I also thank Mr (Stefano) Sassi (CEO) and all the people that work within the Valentino Maison for their support in these years.

“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. I am ready to embark on a new professional challenge."

Valentino showed its Fall 16 couture line on Wednesday (06Jul16) in Paris, marking Chiuri’s swansong from the label.

Sassi thanked Chiuri for all her work, crediting both her and Piccioli for making the brand one of the world’s most successful fashion houses.

“A new and exciting phase for the brand begins under the creative leadership of Pierpaolo Piccioli,” he added. “The brand is strongly determined to continue its affirmation and development process accomplished in the past years.”

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