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Mandatory Credit: Photo by Giovanni Giannoni/WWD/REX/Shutterstock (5735839u) Pierpaolo Piccioli and Maria Grazia Chiuri on the catwalk Valentino show, Runway, Paris Men's Fashion Week, Spring Summer 2017, France - 22 Jun 2016

Photo by Giovanni Giannoni/WWD/REX/Shutterstock 
Pierpaolo Piccioli and Maria Grazia Chiuri on the catwalk

According to in-the-know WWD, Maria Grazia Chiuri is set to become the new creative director at Dior, which has been helmed by Dior studio directors Serge Ruffieux and Lucie Meier since the departure of Raf Simons, who exited the house last October after the expiration of his initial three-year contract.

While both Dior and Valentino declines to comment, should Chiuri assume the role, she would be the house’s first female couturier, though this would mark the close of her long and celebrated collaboration with Pierpaolo Piccioli at Valentino, with its Rockstud creations garnering cult-like status.

Whispers say that an announcement is expected at Dior’s couture show next month and that Chiuri would show her first collection for the house this autumn, for the spring 2017 ready-to-wear season.

We love the intricate and feminine creations Chiuri and Piccioli have turned out at Valentino and would strongly approve should these rumours turn out to be true. Until we know for sure, here a few highlights from Chiuri’s Resort 2017 collection for Valentino to lust after…

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