After Mr Dior died in 1957 he was succeeded briefly – and spectacularly – by his former assistant, the 21-year-old Yves Saint Laurent. Marc Bohan took over from him, dressing the likes of Grace Kelly in floral patio dresses that look a bit like Gucci’s do today (although much more formally styled).
Bohan stuck around for ages before Gianfranco Ferré took over in 1989. Next came John Galliano, who spent 15 years in the top job, creating some of the house’s most theatrical shows.
Raf Simons is a hard act to follow. Widely acclaimed as a genius, he starred in the riveting 2014 doco Dior and I, revealing just how pressured working on this level is.
But if anyone can do it, Chiuri can – she’s another fashion magician, creating jaw-droppingly beautiful collections at Valentino, with her design partner Pierpaolo Piccioli. But what will happen to him? What will happen at Valentino? The suspense is killing us. Fashion’s game of musical chairs is better than a soap opera.