Valentino’s Maria Grazia Chiuri, Soon to Join Dior, Defines Personal Style

Maria Grazia Chiuri

Several news outlets reported on Thursday that designer Maria Grazia Chiuri will leave Valentino — where she’s worked with Pierpaolo Piccioli since 2007 — to be the first female creative director at Dior. The duo seemed inseparable, both on and off the runway, and they successfully reinvigorated the storied Italian house when they took over from its longtime namesake. So, it’s hard to imagine one without the other. Yet, Chiuri has shown an individualistic streak through her personal style choices over the years, demonstrating that you can never be too old to dye your hair pink or wear a frisky mini skirt.


Chiuri showed off her pink hair at the “Zoolander 2” premiere in New York, 2016. Photo by Getty Images.


Chiuri wore a silk kimono to the ‘La Traviata’ opera premiere in Rome, 2016. Photo by Getty Images.


Chiuri walks the runway in a menswear-inspired look following the Valentino Fall 2016 show at Paris Fashion Week. Photo by Getty Images.


Chiuri attends AltaModa Fashion Week in Rome, Italy, 2015. Photo by Getty Images.


Chiuri wore a maxi skirt and blouse to the McKim Medal Gala in Rome, 2016. Photo by Getty Images.


Pierpaolo Piccioli and Maria Grazia Chiuri. Photo by BFA.


Chiuri arrives in Paris after driving from Venice and before moving on to London during ‘Cash Rocket,’ 2014. Photo by Getty Images.


Chiuri takes a bow during the Valentino Sala Bianca 945 Event wearing an all-white ensemble, 2014. Photo by Getty Images.


Chiuri and Piccioli on the runway after the spring 2014 haute couture show, Paris. Courtesy of KCS Presse/Splash.


Chiuri attends the 2013 Met Gala for “PUNK: Chaos to Couture” with Gwyneth Paltrow. Photo by Getty Images.


Chiuri attends the Vogue 90th Anniversary masquerade party during Paris Fashion Week, 2010. Photo by Getty Images.