As summers go, July 2019 must be up there for Maria Grazia Chiuri. This month not only did Dior's creative director hold one of the best Haute Couture week collections of her tenure at the brand, but she also was awarded France's highest award: the Légion d'Honneur. On Monday, July 1, 2019, a reception in honour of Maria Grazia Chiuri was held at the headquarters of the Dior House on Avenue Montaigne, with her close friends, family and colleagues, including Valentino Garavani, Alber Elbaz and Bianca Jagger.
Marlène Schiappa, Secretary of State for Equality between Men and Women, presented the artistic director with the French Legion of Honour for her support of equal rights. The prize was awarded just after the F/W 2019-2020 haute couture fashion show.
Maria Grazia Chiuri is the first female creative director for Dior, a fact highlighted by Schiappa in her speech.