Missoni exhibition comes to London
Due to open on 6 May, the Missoni, Art, Colour exhibition will span over 60 years of fashion and will also feature paintings by leading 20th century European artists and previously unseen textile studies, paintings and Arazzi by Ottavio Missoni.
The selection of fashion looks will be drawn from the company’s archive which began in 1953.
The personal artwork of Missoni will be mixed with modernist masterpieces by artists such as Sonia Delaunay, Lucio Fontana and Gino Severini, all of which have influenced Ottavio and Rosita Missoni in the development of their signature graphic style.
Celia Joicey, director of the Fashion and Textile Museum, said: “This is the first major exhibition to explore the iconic Missoni fashion house. The mix between fashion and art is always exciting, and this show highlights the important dialogue between post-war Italian artists, designers and industry.”
Organised by the MA*GA Art Museum in collaboration with Missoni and The Woolmark Company, the exhibition will celebrate a family firm that has become an international success by combining craft expertise, materials and the latest design trends.
The works have been drawn from the MA*GA Art Museum, Gallarate and from private collections in Italy. The majority have never been exhibited in the UK.
Luca Missoni, director of the Missoni Archive, said: “This exhibition is designed to showcase the creative process of knitting artwork into fashion forms. It is a great opportunity to rediscover the potential of our colourful heritage to make a unique, positive experience. I am pleased that The Woolmark Company will be our partner in bringing this exhibition to London. Wool is an essential ingredient in our work, so much so that wool has practically become a synonym for Missoni: Missoni, knit, wool; wool, knit, Missoni.”
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