Rumor has it that Dior will be appointing its first woman artistic director. Fingers crossed.



Dior Rumored To Hire First Ever Female Creative Director

After an abrupt departure by Raf Simons, and a prolonged period as a motherless child (re: without a creative director), Dior is rumored to have finally decided on a new overlord, and her name is Maria Grazia Chiuri. If appointed, Chiuri will be the very first female creative director in Dior history.

Dior's last creative director was Raf Simons.
Dior’s last creative director was Raf Simons, who ushered in an era of modernity for Dior.

Since 2008, Chiuri has been the creative director of Valentino alongside longtime collaborator Pierpaolo Piccoli. For her, the move to Dior would be a big one, and not just because she’d be the fashion house’s first female boss; since the ’80s, Chiuri and Piccoli have been essentially inseparable, and often find themselves now “finish[ing] each other’s sentences.” “I always thought of them as a team, not as individuals,” Robert Burke, founder and chairman of a fashion consulting firm, said. “The big question is whether they can do separately what they did together.”

Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli: dynamic duo that Valentino to new heights.
Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccoli: the dynamic duo that took Valentino to new heights.

During their time at Valentino, Chiuri and Piccoli have greatly impacted the brand, if its increase in sales is any indication. And it’s interesting to note that, while Valentino’s popularity and sales shot up, Dior’s apparently dropped and plateaued.

Valentino S/S 2016
As shown in S/S 2016, Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccoli has helped Valentino rise in the industry since 2008.

It’ll be interesting, to say the least, to see Chiuri take Dior by (delicate, embroidered) storm.

Stay tuned to Milk for more turnovers in haute couture. 

Photos via Elle and Valentino. 

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