Maria Grazia Chiuri

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Maria Grazia Chiuri
Born1964 (age 55–56)
Rome, Italy
EducationIstituto Europeo di Design
OccupationFashion designer
TitleCreative director at Dior
Spouse(s)Paolo Regini

Maria Grazia Chiuri (Italian pronunciation: [maˈriːa ˈgrattsja ˈkjuːri]; born February 1964) is an Italian fashion designer, and the creative director at Dior. Chiuri is the first female artistic director at Dior.


Chiuri was born in 1964 in Rome, Italy. Her father was in the military and her mother was a dressmaker, she had five sisters.[1][2] She has cited her grandmother, mother and sisters as an inspiration.[2] She studied at IED, Istituto Europeo di Design in Rome.


Chiuri joined Fendi in 1989, as a designer where she was part of the team that developed the famous Baguette bag.[3][1] She recruited Pierpaolo Piccioli to join the department.[3][4] From 1999 to 2016, Chiuri worked for Valentino, along with Piccioli. They worked in the accessories range, including eyewear, handbags, and the Red Valentino diffusion collection in 2003. Chiuri and Piccioli were named co-creative directors of Valentino in 2008. They were awarded the CFDA International Award in 2015.

In July 2016, Chiuri was announced as the creative director at Dior.[5][6][7] "She will be the first woman to lead the creative side in the label’s 69-year history,[8] and the role will be her first solo appointment after more than two decades of working with Pierpaolo Piccioli,[9] who has been named creative director at Valentino."[5] Raf Simons had left the position in October 2015.[10] "As artistic director of the storied Paris fashion house, Ms Chiuri will follow in the footsteps of designers like Yves Saint Laurent, Gianfranco Ferre and John Galliano."[11]

She put on her premiere fashion show for Christian Dior SE during September for the Fashion Week spring and summer line in 2016.[12] Featured in the show was a T-shirt bearing the title of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's essay We Should All Be Feminists.[13][14]

The collection also caused a lot of controversy as it was later revealed that many pieces were in fact exact replicas of traditional Romanian folk costumes. The refusal of Dior and of Chiuri to acknowledge a Romanian inspiration led to an online campaign under the hashtag #GiveCredit. [15]

Chiuri often promotes political and social issues, particularly feminism and female empowerment, in her collections.[1] “The new generation has raised big questions about gender, race, environment and cultures that we have to reflect in fashion,” she has claimed.[16] She has referenced feminist historian Linda Nochlin, and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Her work is often described as attracting a younger clientele, and she has described her daughter Rachele Regini as a muse.[16][17]

Personal life[edit]

She married Paolo Regini, a shirtmaker, and has a son Niccolò and a daughter Rachele.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d Collins, Lauren. "How Maria Grazia Chiuri Brought Feminism To the House of Dior". W Magazine. Retrieved 2019-06-07.
  2. ^ a b Petrarca, Emilia (2018-10-18). "Maria Grazia Chiuri Is Learning to See Fashion Through Her Daughter's Eyes". The Cut. Retrieved 2019-06-07.
  3. ^ a b "Maria Grazia Chiuriis One of the 500 People Shaping the Global Fashion Industry in 2018". The Business of Fashion. Retrieved 2019-06-07.
  4. ^ (in Chinese) Valentino的革新者:Maria Grazia Chiuri与Pierpaolo Piccioli 18 November 2014. Retrieved 2016-07-23
  5. ^ a b Friedman, Vanessa (8 July 2016). "Maria Grazia Chiuri Now at Dior: How It Happened. What It Means". The New York Times. Retrieved 8 July 2016.
  6. ^ Mower, Sarah (8 July 2016). "It's Official: Maria Grazia Chiuri Is in at Christian Dior". Vogue. Retrieved 8 July 2016.
  7. ^ Kostov, Nick (8 July 2016). "Dior Names Valentino's Maria Grazia Chiuri as New Creative Chief". WSJ. Retrieved 8 July 2016.
  8. ^ Holt, Bethan; Spedding, Emma (8 July 2016). "Dior appoints first-ever female creative director Maria Grazia Chiuri". The Telegraph. Retrieved 8 July 2016.
  9. ^ Phelps, Nicole (7 July 2016). "Breaking: Valentino Confirms Maria Grazia Chiuri's Departure". Vogue. Retrieved 8 July 2016.
  10. ^ Cochrane, Lauren (7 July 2016). "Dior announces Maria Grazia Chiuri as artistic director". The Guardian. Retrieved 8 July 2016.
  11. ^ Paul, Mark (21 March 2013). "Dior names Maria Grazia Chiuri as artistic director". The Irish Times. Retrieved 8 July 2016.
  12. ^ Vogue (6 July 2016). "Maria Grazia Chiuri nommée directrice artistique de Dior". Vogue (in French). Retrieved 8 July 2016.
  13. ^ Steff Yotka, "Maria Grazia Chiuri Makes a Feminist Statement at Her Dior Debut", Vogue, 30 September 2016.
  14. ^ "Dior makes a Bold Statement with Chimamanda Adichie’s “We Should All Be Feminists” at Paris Fashion Week", BellaNaija, 1 October 2016.
  15. ^ [1] The #GiveCredit Campaign Continues: it was discovered that Dior also copied a traditional Bukovinean waistcoat, 27 June 2017
  16. ^ a b "It's a woman's world for Dior's Maria Grazia Chiuri". South China Morning Post. 2018-10-14. Retrieved 2019-06-07.
  17. ^ Petrarca, Emilia (2018-10-18). "Maria Grazia Chiuri Is Learning to See Fashion Through Her Daughter's Eyes". The Cut. Retrieved 2019-06-07.

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