Christian Dior officially named Maria Grazia Chiuri as its new artistic director, filling the position that Raf Simons vacated in October 2015 — and making her the first woman to hold the job in the house’s history. Chiuri previously headed up the womenswear collections at Valentino alongside her co-designer Pierpaolo Piccioli since 2008. It’s also confirmed that Chiuri is to start next week as artistic director of women’s haute couture, ready-to-wear and accessory collections with her first show slated for September 30.
“It is a great honour to be joining the house of Dior,” said Chiuri in a statement. “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.”
“I am thrilled to welcome Maria Grazia Chiuri in the house of Christian Dior,” said Sidney Toledano, president and CEO of Christian Dior Couture. “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.”