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Dior Just Hired Its First Female Creative Director In The Company's 70-Year History

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After weeks and weeks of speculation, Dior has finally announced the hiring of Maria Grazia Chiuri as its new creative director. The change in leadership is a historic one, as Chiuri is the first woman in the fashion house's 70-year history to be its lead designer.

After Valentino announced on Thursday (July 8) that Chiuri would no longer be its co–creative director with her design partner, Pierpaolo Piccioli, it seemed only a matter of time until Dior made an announcement of its own. The house has been struggling to find a replacement since the departure of Raf Simons in October, and though it's been almost a year, it was probably worth the wait.