Maria Grazia Chiuri Joins Dior As Artistic Director

Maria Grazia Chiuri Joins Dior As Artistic Director

Dior's Rumored Change In Leadership Is Finally Confirmed

Dior's Rumored Change In Leadership Is Finally Confirmed

Text: Jillian Selzer

In a momentous move for Dior, the brand confirmed on social media this morning that Maria Grazia Chiuri will join the company as the artistic director of women's couture, ready-to-wear and accessory collections as the seventh designer for the brand. The change in creative direction has been speculated since its initial report in June.

Appointing Chiuri as artistic director is a big step for both Dior and the fashion industry. Not only is she the first female designer in Dior's history, but it is the first time she has taken on a solo position since teaming up with Pierpaolo Piccioli over 25 years ago. The duo joined Valentino as co-creative directors in 1999 after working together at Fendi for ten years. Upon Chiuri's departure from the brand, Picciolio will take on the role as sole creative director.

Announcing a new artistic director is long overdue for the maison, which has been sitting in designer limbo since Raf Simons left the label late last year. It will be interesting to see how Chiuri fares as the sole director of the collections, but her resumé speaks for itself and proves she is an accomplished designer and businesswoman.

Credits: Photo Courtesy of Dior

UP NEXT

Why We're All To Blame For HiddleSwift