Maria Grazia Chiuri

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Maria Grazia Chiuri
Born1964 (age 54–55)
Rome, Italy

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

Early life[edit]

Chiuri was born in 1964 in Rome, Italy. From 1999 to 2016, Chiuri worked for Valentino, her then best teammate was Pierpaolo Piccioli.[1] She has studied in IED, Istituto Europeo di Design in Rome. In July 2016, Chiuri was announced as the creative director at Dior.[2][3][4] "She will be the first woman to lead the creative side in the label’s 69-year history,[5] and the role will be her first solo appointment after more than two decades of working with Pierpaolo Piccioli,[6] who has been named creative director at Valentino."[2] Chiuri took the spot left over when Raf Simons left the position in October.[7] "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."[8]

She put on her premiere fashion show for Christian Dior SE during September for the Fashion Week spring and summer line in 2016.[9] Featured in the show was a T-shirt bearing the title of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's essay We Should All Be Feminists.[10][11]

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 led to an online campaign under the hashtag #give credit. [12]


  1. ^ (in Chinese) Valentino的革新者:Maria Grazia Chiuri与Pierpaolo Piccioli 18 November 2014. Retrieved 2016-07-23
  2. ^ 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.
  3. ^ Mower, Sarah (8 July 2016). "It's Official: Maria Grazia Chiuri Is in at Christian Dior". Vogue. Retrieved 8 July 2016.
  4. ^ Kostov, Nick (8 July 2016). "Dior Names Valentino's Maria Grazia Chiuri as New Creative Chief". WSJ. Retrieved 8 July 2016.
  5. ^ Holt, Bethan; Spedding, Emma (8 July 2016). "Dior appoints first-ever female creative director Maria Grazia Chiuri". The Telegraph. Retrieved 8 July 2016.
  6. ^ Phelps, Nicole (7 July 2016). "Breaking: Valentino Confirms Maria Grazia Chiuri's Departure". Vogue. Retrieved 8 July 2016.
  7. ^ Cochrane, Lauren (7 July 2016). "Dior announces Maria Grazia Chiuri as artistic director". The Guardian. Retrieved 8 July 2016.
  8. ^ Paul, Mark (21 March 2013). "Dior names Maria Grazia Chiuri as artistic director". The Irish Times. Retrieved 8 July 2016.
  9. ^ Vogue (6 July 2016). "Maria Grazia Chiuri nommée directrice artistique de Dior". Vogue (in French). Retrieved 8 July 2016.
  10. ^ Steff Yotka, "Maria Grazia Chiuri Makes a Feminist Statement at Her Dior Debut", Vogue, 30 September 2016.
  11. ^ "Dior makes a Bold Statement with Chimamanda Adichie’s “We Should All Be Feminists” at Paris Fashion Week", BellaNaija, 1 October 2016.
  12. ^ [1] The #GiveCredit Campaign Continues: it was discovered that Dior also copied a traditional Bukovinean waistcoat, 27 June 2017

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