Domenica, 21 Ottobre 2018

Athlete-turned-designer designer Ottavio Missoni dies


Milan, May 9 - Italian designer Ottavio Missoni,
founder with wife Rosita of the Missoni fashion house known
worldwide for its trademark colourful knitwear, has died aged
92, his family said on Thursday.
His eldest son Vittorio, the 58-year-old CEO of the
Italian fashion house, and his wife Maurizia Castiglioni were
aboard a small plane that went missing off the Venezuelan coast
in January.
Ottavio Missoni, known as Tai, was born in 1921 in
Dubrovnik, which is known as Ragusa by Italians.
He started out as a promising international athlete but his
sporting career was interrupted when he was made a prisoner of
war in World War II.
After the war, he resumed competing in 400 metres and 400m
He also started designing wool tracksuits which were worn
by the Italian team at the 1948 Olympics in London.
He came in sixth at the 1948 Olympics and fourth at the
European Championships in 1950 before marrying his lifetime
business partner Rosita in 1953.
The same year they founded their eponymous brand, Missoni,
which has evolved through the decades while remaining
immediately recognizable for its famous zig-zag patterns.
The duo in 1969 built their factory and home in Sumirago,
near Varese, where the family still lives and works.
By the 1970s the Missonis were among the most prominent
Italian fashion designers.
Their three children - Vittorio, Angela and Luca - took
over in the 1990s and they are credited with giving new life to
the label, which had lost some of its appeal.
The company is today led by Angela, the label's creative
designer, and Luca, the creative director, as well as by a
number of grandchildren including Margherita Maccapani Missoni.
The label has remained prominent across the decades thanks
to its unique style, which has always eschewed trends, and the
dashing personality of the Missonis.
'I've never done what was fashionable', Ottavio Missoni
told WWD in one of his last interviews.
'I didn't want to work with preset schemes and I paint my
own way'.

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