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Queen of excentricity: Anna Piaggi and Missoni a lifelong friendship
A legend of the Italian fashion world, a woman whose fearlessness and impeccable taste helped shape the look and feel of Italian style. Anna Piaggi, a woman who devoted her life to writing about fashion in a truly revolutionary way, a true pioneer and a style icon, is the subject of a documentary by Alina […]
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Missoni Women’s Summer 2017: inspiration
Among Missoni patterns, space dye is perhaps the hardest to imitate and therefore the most uniquely Missoni: it’s no surprise it has become a classic. Its strength lies in the dynamic effect it creates even with the simplest cuts. This shot by Mario Testino for Missoni Women’s Winter 1997 shows a look that uses juxtaposed […]
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Style on Stage

The “Style on Stage” exhibition at the State Museum of Theatre and Music in St Petersburg

On 20 November 2013 the third “Style on Stage” exhibition will open in St Petersburg. This exhibition, an itinerant show about fashion, costumes and performing arts curated by Massimiliano Capella, contains 213 works: sketches, original stage garments and illustrations by many international designers created for opera, ballet and live shows over the past thirty years. This amazing showcase explores various collaborations between exceptional Italian fashion designers and the great interpreters of the international theatre scene, and it includes unique items by Missoni.


In 1983 the company designed the costumes for Donizetti’s opera “Lucia di Lammermoor”, scheduled that year at La Scala in Milan starring Luciano Pavarotti. All 120 costumes, inspired by the colours and patterns of Scotland, were produced in Sumirago; at the same time, Ottavio and Rosita Missoni were at many of the rehearsals in Milan.
The opening ceremony of the 1990 World Soccer Championship in Milan, “Italia 90”, was another special occasion for which the house created astonishing costumes. The highly vivid African-themed outfits boasted an immense wealth of cheerful patterns in a palette of mainly primary colours.


The Missonis’ involvement with theatre was segued in 2004, when they were asked to develop the costumes for the modern dance performance “Aeros”, created by world-renowned contemporary choreographers Daniel Ezralow, David Parsons and Moses Pendleton. This extraordinary show, a production featuring the Romanian Gymnastics Federation, had an impalpable scenery of only lights and projections, in which the athletes were the sole protagonists. Their perfectly shaped and harmonious bodies were dressed by costumes with a strong graphic impact, specially created by Luca Missoni.


“Style on Stage” is a significant exhibition regarding the work of key figures in Italian style involved with the fine art of performance: a show not to be missed.