See this: Exhibition on Italian fashion powerhouse Missoni

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.

Ottavio e Rosita Missoni - Giuseppe Pino 1984

Ottavio and Rosita Missoni, 1984. Photograph by Giuseppe Pino

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.

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Sonia Delaunay, Untitled, 1936


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Enrico Prampolini, Composizione, 1952

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Arazzo – a patchwork of knitted fabrics by Ottavio Missoni

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Arazzo – a patchwork of knitted fabrics by Ottavio Missoni

Severini, Ballerina 1957 | The Chromologist

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Senza titolo, by Ottavio Missoni 1971 (acrylic on board)

The exhibition is open until 4 September 2016.

Jill Macnair


Jill Macnair has worked as an interiors journalist for 13 years, contributing to titles including Elle Decoration, The Sunday Times and The Guardian. She set up cult interiors blog My Friend’s House in 2009 with Ros Anderson and continues to run the forum daily.

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