Since ex-Creative Director Raf Simons left the house of Christian Dior last October, there has been a gaping hole at one of fashion’s biggest brands. Thankfully however, Dior have answered our prayers and appointed Maria Grazia Chiuri as their new Artistic Director of women’s haute couture, ready-to-wear and the accessory collection. Busy lady. If this news wasn’t big enough already, this appointment also marks Chiuri as Dior’s first female Artistic Director for the womenswear collections; she said “it is a great honour to be joining the house of Dior; 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 pressure is great, but we have no doubts that she’ll be able handle it.
Previously holding the position of co-Creative Director of Valentino, Chiuri is famed for creating light, graceful and highly romantic designs. Bernard Arnault, the CEO of LVMH (which owns the Christian Dior brand) said “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.” She’ll be kicking off her career with Dior with her first ready-to-wear collection, presented in Paris on 30th September. We can’t wait!