Jun 24, 2016 2:46PM

Dior To Appoint Its First Ever Female Creative Director

Let's hear it for the girl.

The fashion industry is largely geared towards women, but there are relatively few female designers at the heads of major fashion houses. What's up with that? Thankfully, it looks like Dior is about to make a history-making appointment — according to reports, Maria Grazia Chiuri will be announced as the eighth creative director and the first woman to hold that position with the house. 

While nothing has been made official yet, two sources close to the brand have indicated that Maria Grazia Chiuri will be confirmed as the successor to Raf Simons after the couture show in July. Those familiar with the ins-and-outs of the fashion industry might recognise her name as one half of the team behind Valentino, which she co-creative directs alongside Pierpaolo Piccioli. 

Since Raf left Dior eight months ago, the collections have been designed by an in-house team lead by Lucie Meier and Serge Ruffieux. Maria Grazia Chiuri will bring a whole heap of experience to the role, having worked at Fendi for about ten years before working her way from accessory designer to co-creative director at Valentino. Get it, girl!  

Photo: Willy Vanderperre for Dior

Nadia Bailey