Like Clare Waight Keller, Maria Grazia Chiuri is also the first female creative director of a heritage fashion house. From 1999 to 2016, Maria Grazia Chiuri worked for Valentino before her appointment as artistic director of Christian Dior in July 2016. Since then, Chiuri has been writing a new chapter in the storied house’s history, using it as a platform to both create clothing for female and speak about their empowerment.
Although feminism is a reocurring theme in her collections, with the debut of her now iconic t-shirts bearing “We Should All Be Feminists” (from Nigerian novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s barnstorming 2012 TEDx), what got Chiuri the job was her design smarts, honed first at Fendi, then at Valentino. Since then she’s also proved she’s got the necessary resilience. Under Chiuri’s guide, Dior continues to explore femininity in all its freedom and tradition with the modernity of current times.