Maria Grazia Chiuri is leaving after 17 years with Valentino and eight in her role as co-creative director. Pierpaola Piccioli and Chiuri have worked together in fashion for years. Chiuri and Piccioli worked together as accessory designers at Fendi. The stylish duo separating is a surprising shock to the fashion world. Piccioli will become the sole creative director of Valentino.
“After 25 years of creative partnership and of professional satisfactions we gave ourselves the opportunity of continuing our artistic paths in an individual way,” said Chiuri about her departure. “I thank Mr. Valentino Garavani and Mr Giammetti for their support in these years and for everything that I have learned from them. I also thank Mr Sassi and all the people that work within the Valentino Maison for their support in these years. I have shared with Pierpaolo a great part of my professional life and it has been an experience made of many successful creative achievements together. I am ready to embark on a new professional challenge.”
The pair showed their final joint Haute Couture collection—inspired by Shakespearean era style—for Valentino yesterday in Paris, Chiuri’s last for Valentino. Rumors of Chiuri’s departure have been swirling for weeks. It is now rumored that Chiuri is going to work as creative director for Dior. Dior has yet to release an official statement but the news is anticipated to be announced by the end of the week.