Missoni Art Colour
6 May – 4 September 2016
An exploration of Modern art's influence on the famous fashion house.
This first major exhibition about Missoni examines the sizeable influence of 20th century modernists such as Sonia Delaunay, Lucio Fontana and Gino Severini on the brand’s aesthetic. Previously unseen textile designs and finished garments from throughout the company’s 60-year history will be displayed alongside masterpieces drawn predominantly from the MA*GA Art Museum in Gallarate, Italy, where the company was first set up.
Missoni was founded by husband and wife duo Ottavio and Rosita back in 1953. Their unlikely meeting occurred in 1948 in London, where Ottavio had qualified for the final 400m-hurdle Olympic race. Rosita belonged to a family of shawl and ladieswear manufacturers, and the company’s commitment to Italian wool and knitwear concepts are as strong as the generational legacy, which has seen company controls pass to their children and grandchildren.