Where there's smoke, there's usually fire, right? It's a time-worn cliché, but one that tends to ring true in the gossip-laden world of high fashion. In recent times, whispers of Hedi Slimane leaving Saint Laurent and Alexander Wang departing Balenciaga have checked out, so we're wondering whether the latest rumours surrounding Dior could also be true? According to Business of Fashion, two well-placed insiders have confirmed that the French luxury house is set to appoint Maria Grazia Chiuri, one half of the design team behind Valentino, as creative director.

Guess which designer is rumoured to be heading to Dior?

According to the sources, Dior will make the announcement after its haute couture show on July 4. If the rumours check out, Maria Grazia Chiuri will be the first ever female creative director to helm the Christian Dior brand. Since Raf Simon's shock departure from the top job back in late October, Dior has been slow to move on appointing another designer to replace him. Recent S/S '16 Couture and A/W '16 shows have relied on their in-house design team to present a collection.

It's unknown whether Chiuri would continue her duties at Valentino alongside designer partner Pierpaolo Piccioli if given the gig. But considering the success she's had in revitalising the Valentino brand since 2007 (when she was chosen by Valentino Garavani to take over design duties), tapping her talent for Dior is probably a clever move on LVMH's part. We'd love to see what stories a female designer could bring to the Dior brand, particularly one with such a romantic aesthetic...

Guess which designer is rumoured to be heading to Dior?