Dior exuding strong feminist undertones — as the French fashion house did at its show at Paris’s Musée Rodin — is nothing new in Maria Grazia Chiuris era.
Dior Makeup brand ambassador Bella Hadid attended a launch event for the fashion house in Los Angeles on Thursday night. To celebrate Dior’s new ‘Pump ‘N’ Volume Mascara’ campaign, the 20-year-old model wore a style for the designer that she’s worn before — the extremely popular sheer, structured corset gown from Dior’s spring/summer 2017 ready-to-wear collection. The see-through gown hails from Italian fashion designer Maria Grazia Chiuri‘s first collection as the artistic director of Dior, which was was met with mixed reviews.
In the Brothers Grimm version of Little Red Riding Hood, a young girl ventures deep into a dark forest to deliver food to her sick grandmother, unaware of the wicked wolf waiting to eat her. Depending on which version of the story you were told as a child, the fairy tale may have kept you up at night or lulled you to sleep. Italian designer Maria Grazia Chiuri’s first couture show for Dior is much like the story of Little Red (or if you prefer the Italian version, The False Grandmother) — equal parts whimsical and grim.
Maria Grazia Chiuri is Dior's first female creative director. And wares from her first, feminist show could be seen on some big names at this weekend’s marches. Especially popular was her "We Should All Be Feminists” tee, which was rocked by the likes of brand ambassadors Rihanna and Natalie Portman. Jennifer Lawrence has also worn the tee.
Did your Dior invite get lost in the mail? Don’t worry — you can tag along with us. Dior is always one of Paris Fashion Week’s most anticipated shows, and that’s never been more true than this season, when the legendary house will debut its first-ever collection under new artistic director Maria Grazia Chiuri, who takes over from former creative director Raf Simons. News of Chiuri’s appointment to the venerable fashion house sent a major stir through the world of fashion in July, and Chiuri told media then that she “cannot wait to express my own vision. ...
It was announced this morning that Maria Grazia Chiuri, formerly co-creative director of Valentino, has been appointed as the creative director of Christian Dior — an especially noteworthy installment, given that she is the first female head of a label that is often described as a bastion of Parisian femininity. The unveiling follows months of speculation after Raf Simons’s departure from Dior in October last year. Pierpaolo Piccioli, with whom Chiuri ran Valentino, will remain at the Italian label as its sole chief.
Seventy-year-old French fashion house Dior reportedly will soon appoint a female creative director for the first time ever. At least two sources have disclosed that Valentino’s Maria Grazia Chiuri will be trading Milan for Paris to head up the iconic maison.
From Chanel’s Native American headdresses to Valentino’s recent Africa-inspired collection, there’s at least one show per season that leaves the industry cringing. In Paris last month, Valentino’s creative directors Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli sent Masai-inspired beading, feathered skirts, and white models with cornrows down their runway. We don’t want to please the others—we want to do something that we believe in.” OK, but why appropriate Africa? “After [the Rome-themed Fall 2015 couture collection] we felt that we had to move,” clarified Piccioli.
Perhaps no one understands fashion’s ability to permeate our current culture better than Valentino’s creative directors, Pierpaolo Piccioli and Maria Grazia Chiuri. The pair met through mutual friends in the ’80s and soon started working together, first at Fendi and then at Valentino where they spent a decade as the brand’s accessory designers before being promoted to co-creative directors in 2008.