Artistic Director of Dior
Maria Grazia Chiuri is an Italian fashion designer and Dior’s Artistic Director. Starting her career at Fendi, she helped develop the famous Baguette bag. This was followed by seventeen years at Valentino, where she and her co-creative director, Pier Paolo Piccioli, revitalised the brand’s style and were awarded the CFDA International Award for their work in 2015. Succeeding Raf Simons at the creative helm of Dior, Maria Grazia is the first woman to hold the position since the creation of the brand in 1946. Under Chiuri’s direction, Dior brought back its saddle bag and created designs characterised by their minimalism and feminist claims. In 2019, Chiuri was awarded the Légion d’honneur, France’s highest accolade.