Opened this month, Missoni Art Colour at the Fashion and Textile Museum in London’s Bermondsey takes an inviting look at the Italian fashion house, with a particular focus on the textiles it became renowned for designed by married founders Ottavio and Rosita Missoni.
The duo met in London in 1948 when Ottavio was competing in the Olympic games. He’d already started a company producing tracksuits that were used by the Italian team, while Rosita came from a family of shawl and ladieswear manufacturers. In 1953 they married and set up their brand Missoni, showing their first collection in Milan in 1966. In this exhibition, their creative genius and love of colour, pattern and form is explored alongside key pieces of 20th century Modernist art that inspired their work, from artists including Sonia Delaunay, Lucio Fontana and Gino Severini.
The duo’s daughter Angela took over the fashion business in 1997 and her recognisable works, together with looks from the entire archive, sit alongside the art that infused the creative process of the fashion house.
The exhibition is open until 4 September 2016.