Friday 8th July

| BY Jack Moss

Maria Grazia Chiuri Is Confirmed As Artistic Director Of Christian Dior

It’s confirmed – after weeks, heck months, of speculation, Dior have finally announced this morning that Maria Grazia Chiuri will be the brand new Artistic Director of the house following the news yesterday that she would be leaving Valentino. “The house of Dior is delighted to welcome her and to have a woman, for the first time in its history, as artistic director for the womenswear collections,” said the announcement this morning. According to Sidney Toledano, CEO of Dior Haute Couture, being a woman is part of the reason she was chosen by the house. “To dress a woman is more important than ever today. The evolution of women is a special evolution and her vision and how she wants to transform it is really interesting,” he told Business of Fashion this morning. “I’m really happy myself to introduce her to the teams, to the studios, very proud of that. This is a big moment”. Big moment indeed. Over to Maria: “It is a great honor 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 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 extremely grateful to Mr Arnault and Mr Toledano for the trust they have placed in me.” Congratulations Maria from all of us here at Ten Towers!

Photograph by Jason Lloyd-Evans