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60 years of fashion

13th May 2016

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London’s Fashion and Textile Museum is currently hosting a major new exhibition, Missoni Art Colour, organised by the MA*GA Museum in partnership with Woolmark.

Missoni Art Colour explores the influence of 20th century European art on the fashion and textile designs of Ottavio and Rosita Missoni. One of the most respected exponents of the ‘Made in Italy’ concept, the duo’s work is deeply rooted in modern art making the Missoni brand distinctive in the world of international fashion. Missoni is one of the leading and most distinctive fashion houses in the world, and its distinctive style has evolved out of a long-standing collaboration between the husband and wife team of Ottavio and Rosita Missoni.

The exhibition showcases over 60 years of fashion alongside paintings by leading 20th century European artists, and previously unseen textile studies, paintings and arazzi (tapestries) by Ottavio Missoni. The personal artwork of Missoni is mixed with modernist masterpieces, including the works of Sonia Delaunay, Lucio Fontana and Gino Severini, which 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, the majority of which 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 firm 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.

‘The mix between fashion and art is always exciting, and this show highlights the important dialogue between post-war Italian artists, designers and industry. It is a privilege for the Fashion and Textile Museum to be the first overseas venue to host ‘Missoni Art Colour’, reflecting London’s position as an international fashion city and cultural hub.”

- Celia Joicey, Director of the Fashion and Textile Museum

The exhibition will run until 4 September 2016.

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MA*GA Art Museum; 

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