Head over to Missoni Art Colour exhibition to brighten your week.
How ‘Made in Italy’ became a mark of style? Missoni are some of the designers who helped define it.
Missoni, the high-end Italian fashion house based in Varese, and known for its colorful knitwear designs, is the latest fashion powerhouse to showcase heritage in the context of 20th century fine art. Missoni Art Colour exhibition at the Fashion and Textile Museum explores the creative process of Italian fashion house and the textiles of Ottavio and Rosita Missoni, the founders of the Italian fashion label born in 1953.
One of the most respected exponents of the ‘Made in Italy’ concept, the work of Ottavio and Rosita Missoni is deeply rooted in modern art making the Missoni brand distinctive in the world of international fashion.
MISSONI ART COLOUR showcases over 60 years of fashion items alongside paintings by leading 20th century European artists, and previously unseen textile studies, paintings and Arazzi by Ottavio Missoni. The personal artwork of Missoni is mixed with modernist masterpieces, including the work of Sonia Delaunay, Lucio Fontana and Gino Severini, that have influenced Ottavio and Rosita in the development of their signature graphic style.
These works are drawn from the MA*GA Art Museum, Gallarate and from private collections in Italy, and the majority have never been exhibited in the UK. The selection of fashion looks, designed by Angela Missoni since 1997, is drawn from the company’s archive, starting in 1953 to the present day.
Organised by the MA*GA Art Museum in collaboration with Missoni, the exhibition celebrates a family company that has become an international success by combining craft expertise, materials and the latest design trends. Merino wool is featured in many of the garments on display, showcasing the heritage and cultural history of the Missoni family’s association with wool.
MISSONI ART COLOUR
6 May – 4 September 2016
Tuesdays to Saturdays, 11am–6pm
Thursdays until 8pm Sundays, 11am–5pm