Creative Director Pierpaolo Piccioli Parts With Valentino

Creative Director Pierpaolo Piccioli and Valentino have ended their collaboration after almost 25 years. Joining the company in 1999, Piccioli has been instrumental in shaping the brand’s success for over two decades.

Piccioli assumed the role of the sole Creative Director in 2016, after Maria Grazia Chiuri’s departure to run Dior. Piccioli embraced vibrant hues and standout silhouettes, cementing Valentino’s status as a beacon of daring elegance 


In his official statement, Piccioli said “I’ve been in this company for 25 years, and for 25 years I’ve existed and I’ve lived with the people who have woven the weaves of this beautiful story that is mine and ours. 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. 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,” Piccioli said in a statement. ⁠


The Italian designer started his career at Fendi, in the accessories department with Maria Grazia Chiuri. He joined Valentino in 1999 as an accessories designer and was named co-creative director in 2008 with Chiuri, after Valentino Garavani ’s retirement. Piccioli has been the sole creative director of the label since 2016. ⁠


“I am grateful to Pierpaolo for his role as creative director and for his vision, commitment and creativity that has brought the Maison Valentino to what it stands for today,” CEO Jacopo Venturini said in a statement. ⁠

⁠The brand said a new creative director will be announced soon.⁠