Missoni Retrospective Exhibition Opens in London

By Paul Joseph

Italian fashion house Missoni, renowned for its colourful knitwear designs, is currently the subject of a retrospective exhibition at the Fashion and Textile Museum in London.

The “Missoni, Art, Colour” exhibit has been organised by the MA*GA Art Museum located in Gallarate, Italy about 40 miles from Milan, where the fashion house was founded in 1953.

The original museum exhibit, hosted by the MA*GA, ended in January and its move to London marks the first time Missoni will hold a retrospective in the UK.

Throughout the exhibit space, visitors can see paintings by international artists who served as inspiration for Missoni’s well-known brand aesthetic. Artists featured include Wassily Kandinsky, Paul Klee and Sonia Delaunay alongside more than 100 pieces from the Missoni archives.

The show also honours the brand’s founder, the late Ottavio Missoni, by displaying some of his paintings and knitted patchwork tapestries.

“The mix between fashion and art is always exciting, and this show highlights the important dialogue between post-war Italian artists, designers and industry,” says Celia Joicey, the museum’s director.

“It is a privilege for the Fashion and Textile Museum to be the first overseas venue to host ‘Missoni, Art, Color.’”

The exhibit is being overseen by Luca Missoni, son of the founders and brother of Angela Missoni, the brand’s creative director and artistic director of the Missoni archive.

The exhibition runs until 4th September.

By Paul Joseph