THIS JUST IN: Dior to Appoint Valentino's Maria Chiuri as Creative Head

Christian Dior has tapped Maria Grazia Chiuri - one of the co-creative directors of Valentino - to fill the spot left open by Raf Simons. In taking on one of the most important jobs at Dior, Chiuri will also be the first female creative director in the company's 70-year history, following in the footsteps of celebrity designers including Yves Saint Laurent, Gianfranco Ferre and John Galliano. 

Dior has been struggling to find a replacement for Belgian designer Simons who left unexpectedly in October. 

As noted by Reuters, "Chiuri has worked wonders at Valentino together with her design partner Pierpaolo Piccioli, acting as the brand's joint-creative director since Valentino Garavani, who hired them himself, announced his retirement in 2007.  The pair won several prizes and helped to turn Valentino into one of the luxury industry's most profitable luxury brands and one of the strongest in terms of sales growth."