On July 7, Vogue brook the news of Maria Grazia Chiuri leaving Valention to be the head designer of Dior. “After 25 years of creative partnership and of professional satisfactions, we gave ourselves the opportunity of continuing our artistic paths in an individual way with the reciprocal desire of further great achievements,” Chiuri and Piccioli said in the release distributed that morning.
Chiuri added: “I thank Mr. Valentino Garavani and Mr. Giancarlo Giammetti for their support in these years and for everything that I have learned from them. I also thank Mr. Stefano Sassi and all the people who 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.”
CEO Stefano Sassi, who greeted guests at the entrance of the Hôtel Salomon de Rothschild venue last night, said, “Everything achieved in these years would have been impossible without Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli’s talent, determination, and vision that together have contributed in making Valentino one of the most successful fashion companies. A new and exciting phase for the brand begins under the creative leadership of Pierpaolo Piccioli. The brand is strongly determined to continue its affirmation and development process accomplished in the past years.”
-The Living Fashion