Valentino Designer To Join Dior?

If reports are to be believed, Dior has finally found a successor for Raf Simons.

Maria Grazia Chiuri, one half of the design duo at the helm of Valentino, is believed to be taking on the role of creative director at the French fashion house. According to the Business of Fashion, the announcement will be made following the Dior couture show in July.

If confirmed, Chiuri will be the first-ever female creative director for the house, following John Galliano, Yves Saint Laurent and, most recently, Raf Simons, who stepped down unexpectedly last October.

While the last six months have been something of a turbulent time for Dior, which has experienced a slow in sales without a creative director, it is a rather different story for Valentino. Thanks to the much-lauded designs of Chiuri and her partner Pierpaolo Piccioli, the brand announced profits of over $1 billion in 2015.

Neither Dior nor Valentino have yet to comment on reports.

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