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Sunday, May 19, 2013

Zig Zag: Ottavio Missoni 1921-2013

Zig Zag

Zig Zag by divadebbi 

The fashion world said goodbye to one of the great icons of design, Ottavio Missoni, Patriarch of the Missoni fashion empire, he died at 92 this week.  Ottavio and his bride Rosita, celebrated their 60th anniversary on May 1st.

A man of many talents, he was also an Olympic hurdler and competed in the 1948 games. Mr. Missoni was a master colourist and textile designer.  His spectacular mixes of zigs, zags, stripes, dots and vibrant color strongly influenced fashion and were also highly regarded for their artistic merit.

In 1997, the Missoni's handed the reigns to their 3 children Vittorio, Angela and Luca.  Their vigor and vision helped grow Missoni into a successful lifestyle brand, that includes Home, Hotels, car interiors and a blockbuster collaboration with Target stores last year.

Sadly, this past January, Vittorio Missoni, their eldest son, his wife, two passengers and two crew members disappeared in a plane over the islands near Venezuela.  The plane wreckage was recovered, but not the bodies were never found.

Rest in Peace Ottavio and Vittorio.  Your family has brought beauty and joy to this world and your legacy lives on.


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