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Pierpaolo Piccioli Is Leaving Valentino

chantilly, france july 05 editorial use only for non editorial use please seek approval from fashion house fashion designer pierpaolo piccioli and the valentino team acknowledge the applause of the audience after the valentino haute couture fallwinter 20232024 show as part of paris fashion week at chateau de chantilly on july 05, 2023 in chantilly, france photo by marc piaseckiwireimage
Pierpaolo Piccioli Is Leaving Valentino Marc Piasecki

Pierpaolo Piccioli is stepping down from his post as creative director at Valentino. A successor has not yet been named, but according to the brand, an announcement will be made soon.

The designer has helmed the Italian fashion house since 2016 and has evolved founder Valentino Garavani’s vision with singular grace, intellectualism, and technical skill. He’s worked for the label for 25 years, first working alongside Maria Grazia-Chiuri in the accessories category before ultimately acting as co-creative directors before Grazia-Chiuru left for Christian Dior.

Piccioli led Valentino with a creative vocabulary that synergized spectacular couture with beautiful everyday clothes. He modernized the brand with clothes that appealed to a wider age range and infused a sense of playfulness into the heritage codes of the house. Though it was his name in the top spot at Valentino, Piccioli was always incredibly grateful for the work of his team. He was known to invite them out with him for a bow at the end of the couture shows and would name each piece for the person in the atelier who made it by hand. He always recognized that the whole is better than just the one.

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Valentino Spring 2024 CoutureAlessandro Lucioni

As Piccioli wrote in a statement on his Instagram page, “I’ve been in this company for 25 years, and for 25 years I’ve existed and lived with the people who have woven the weaves of this beautiful story that is mine and ours.” He continued, “Everything existed and exists thanks to the people I met, with whom I worked, with whom I shared dreams and created beauty, with whom I built something that belongs to all, and that remains immutable and tangible. This heritage of love, dreams, beauty and humanity, I carry it with me, today and forever.”

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Valentino Spring 2024Courtesy of Valentino

It’s been a rough week for fashion fans with Dries Van Noten’s retirement announcement and now Piccioli’s exit. After so many vibrant collections, perhaps his moving black monochrome collection for fall 2024 was a sign of change to come. But, as was the case with Van Noten, it’s thrilling to imagine where these creative forces will go next, in fashion or otherwise. Piccioli’s energy is another thing that has made him such a beloved and admired personality in the industry and no doubt, he’ll keep on creating in some way, shape, or form, with that same cool, big smile and wide-eyed optimism that he brought to Valentino.

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