MILAN — Designer Luigi Massi died on Tuesday night in Milan at 56. Local media attributed the death to a heart attack.
Massi worked for Versace for 33 years, contributing to creating many of the brand’s showstopping gowns donned by international celebrities on the red carpet, including Uma Thurman, Angelina Jolie, Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez and Amal Clooney.
To honor his memory, Uma Thurman posted a video on her Instagram account while lighting a candle in church, flanked by a caption reading “Missing you Luigi.”
“This Man made every RED Carpet Dress made by Atelier Versace for my whole life, an artist, a beauty, a soul. The world will not be as beautiful without him,” she added in the comment section.
Also in the past, personalities of the fashion industry praised Massi for his creative genius, including model Irina Shayk, who in 2017 shared an appreciative post on Instagram.
“@massiluigi CREATOR, master one and only my Luigi…Thank you so much for letting me treat myself to delicious pizza and pasta and dessert and thank you for fitting the dress in such ingenious way,” reads the caption under an image of her donning an asymmetric and revealing white-and-silver gown on the red carpet of the 2017 Fashion Awards in London.