To highlight Franco Moschino’s biting sense of humor would be redundant — enough has been said of his love of gimmicks and the wit that helped him create a unique fashion company. Sure, his friends and business partners, the models he worked with and the designers who knew him remember the laughter they shared with Moschino, but behind the jester was a sensitive poet, painter and photographer.

"Franco was very versatile and curious and loved to mix different styles — not only on the runway," said Juan Salvadò, a designer and one of Moschino’s closest friends. "He could space from Renaissance to Surrealism, and sketch a portrait in two seconds, always knowing exactly what he wanted."

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