Maria Grazia Chiuri, co-creative director for Valentino, is expected to be announced as the new artistic director for Dior, says a recent article from The New York Times. The appointment of Chiuri will mark the first time a woman has ever led the 70-year-old brand.
About damn time, Dior! Not only has the the head design position at the iconic French brand, started by Christian Dior in 1946, been vacant since Raf Simmons left in October, but the possibility of a woman with a plethora of experience filling the role is definitely a refreshing change of pace.
It’s no secret that many of the biggest design positions in fashion are occupied by men. Nobody wil argue that Karl Lagerfeld, Riccardo Tisci, Alexander Wang, Marc Jacobs, and many more who occupy these top positions don’t rightfully deserve them (God only knows how much time they’ve dedicated to their craft and the success they’ve brought each of their respected brand(s).)
However, when vacancies at fashion brands are left unfilled (especially for an extended length of time, like Dior), and a plethora of female design professionals are willing and able to successfully step in, maybe brands should take notice.
Refinery29 put it best in their article Why Are So Many Fashion Houses Run By Men?, saying “Women like Miuccia Prada, Stella McCartney, Phoebe Philo, and Rei Kawakubo, for example, have utilized their creative leadership to progress how people think and talk about clothing. But when a position becomes available at these big, grand, Parisian ateliers, not often are these names thrown around (or not anywhere near as much as their male contemporaries).”
Chiuri’s possible appointment at Dior isn’t just a big move for the brand, but for women creative directors in general. It’s no surprise that fashion has a diversity problem, whether its with race, size, or gender, and making strides like this can certainly position big players in the industry to go the distance and achieve the longevity they crave and need.
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