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The Fashion and Textile Museum held one of my favourite exhibits in 2016. They held a full exhibition celebrating the Design Brand Missoni called the Misson Art Colour Exhibit. It was such a fantastic exhibition that showed an amazing array of dresses but also textiles and the sketches behind the creations which was so interesting to explore.
Missoni is a long-standing well-respected brand founded by husband and wife duo Ottavio and Rosita Missoni in 1953. The romance behind the brand is inspiring and they have grown to be such a well-loved brand and their signature zig-zag motif is known the world over. I also really respect it is a family run business – in an era of the super company it is amazing that such a fantastic brand has stayed in-house.
The exhibition not only showcased signature Missoni pieces over the past 60 years, it also showcased some of the artwork that inspired their work. This made it much more than just a showing of their beautiful pieces and gave a much deeper meaner to the presentation. The actual showing of the garments was so visually stunning – there were mannequins draped with the most beautiful pieces – the whole showing just felt so dynamic and vibrant!
Another side to the exhibition was large wall hangings that Ottavio actually knitted back into the 1970’s. I think that it really shows how design and craft were part of him and patchwork being a natural extension of his skills. I was not aware that they had done work like this so it really was a treat to see them in person. I also attended a lecture about the inspiration behind many of their pieces which I may share in the future as it was quite interesting.
To be able to see the work’s of Missoni so close and in such a great museum was certainly one of the highlights of the fashion year for me and I am really looking forward to seeing their exhibition on Anna Sui later in 2017!