Top image: Valentino SS14. Photo by Alexandre Sallé de Chou
Today, Valentino announce the departure of Maria Grazia Chiuri, after 17 years with the brand and 8 in her role as co-creative director with Pierpaolo Piccioli. The move sees Piccioli’s role change to sole creative director of the Maison.
Having previously worked together at Fendi for 10 years, the duo have enjoyed a fruitful collaboration. “After twenty five 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,” said Chiuri, adding that she was “ready to embark on a new professional challenge.”
Piccioli echoed those sentiments whilst hinting at the house’s future, “Valentino and the people with whom I work with are a great part of my life. My decision of bringing forward the creative guide of this maison is driven by the strong passion that triggers my work and by the desire of continuing to express here my stylistic vision.”
After the numerous designer moves earlier this year, the past few months have been relatively calm. However, this latest announcement sees the rumour-mill revved up once again.
Read our SS17 Valentino report here.
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