Maria Grazia Chuiri has stepped down from her position as co–creative director of fashion brand, The House of Valentino, a position she held for eight years.
Chuiri’s longtime design partner, Pierpaolo Piccioli, has been chosen as the Valentino’s sole creative director.
It has been speculated Chiuri will be moving on to Christian Dior to fill the role left vacant by Raf Simons’s departure last fall.
The House of Valentino made the announcement after their couture show last night at the Hôtel Salomon de Rothschild in Paris.
Chiuri and Piccioli began work together at Fendi before moving to Valentino to manage their accessories department. After spending eight years together as co-creative directors, they revitalized the brand, and made it the go-to choice for celebrities.
In a statement released, Chiuri and Piccoli said, “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 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.”
While Piccioli stated: “Valentino and the people with whom I work 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.”
CEO of House of Valentino, Stefano Sassi, 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.”