Creative Director Pierpaolo Piccioli parts ways with Valentino

Creative Director Pierpaolo Piccioli parts ways with Valentino

by Juliette Eleuterio
2 min

In today’s unexpected news, Valentino has just announced that its Creative Director Pierpaolo Piccioli will be leaving the brand.

The designer joined the Maison in 1999, where he worked as an accessories designer alongside fellow fashion designer Maria Grazia Chiuri. The two of them eventually spearheaded the Red Valentino diffusion line in 2003, until being appointed co-Creative Directors in 2009, after Valentino Garavani announced his retirement in 2008.

Piccioli assumed the solo role of Creative Director in 2016, just one year after the power duo received the CFDA International Award of the year. During his time there, Piccioli revitalised Valentino, doubling down on its archive while also injecting youth and fame, with every celebrity under the sun seen wearing a Valentino gown at some red carpet or other.

Italian elegance was spearheaded by the visionary designer, both on the womenswear and menswear side of things. From designing Nicola Peltz-Beckham’s wedding gown to dressing Zendaya for the 94th Annual Academy Awards, Valentino, under Piccioli’s direction, became one of the hottest and most popular brands. His Haute Couture 2018 collection, which received a standing ovation, and his Spring Spring/Summer 2023 collection, which explored the Valentino ‘V’ monogram and highlighted a loose-fitting silhouettes, came as career highlights for Piccioli, praised widely and loudly by the industry at large.

For his final Fall/Winter 2024 collection, unbeknownst to the show attendees, Piccioli chose to showcase an all-black collection, a now fitting choice for what could be described as a funeral for an era. 

Speaking on his exit, Piccioli stated “This heritage of love, dreams, beauty and humanity, I carry it with me, today and forever. This is the beauty that we have created: life, hope, opportunity and gratitude, and my people, my heart, and the love that gives you all the possibilities of the world, especially those that you could not imagine alone.” He went on to say “Thanks to Mr. Valentino and Giancarlo Giammetti who have blessed me with their trust, thanks to every single person who made this possible in one way or another, it was a privilege and an honor to share my journey, and my dreams, with you.”

Valentino also released a statement, assuring us that “a new creative organization for the Maison will be announced soon.”

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