Raf Simons' successor confirmed: Valentino's ex-creative director Maria Grazia Chiuri joins Dior
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Dior confirms their newly appointed artistic director
A day after Maria Grazia Chiuri — one-half of the storytelling duo behind Valentino's ethereal creations — presented the brand's fall 2016 haute couture collection in Paris, the departure from her nine-year tenure as creative director, was annouced. And barely 24 hours later, Dior confirms Chiuri's arrival into the maison's storied ateliers — proving the recent topic of conversation amongst the industry's elite to be more than just a rumour. CEO of LVMH, Bernard Arnault, speaks of the occassion, "Maria Grazia Chiuri's talent is enormous and internationally acclaimed. She will bring her elegant and modern vision of the Dior woman, seamlessly attuned to the heritage and the codes defined by Monsieur Dior", he expressed.
Chiuri's move to Dior also marks a turn in the brand's history, as it's the very first time a woman has been placed at the helm of the womenwear collections. Overseeing ready-to-wear, haute couture and accessories, the newly minted artistic director is set to reveal her inaugural RTW designs at Paris fashion week SS17 in September. The Christian Dior spring/summer 2017 show is scheduled for 30 September, 2016.