ARTS AND CRAFTS: London’s Fashion and Textile museum plans to launch “Missoni, Art, Color,” on May 6.
The exhibition, which was originally held at the Ma*ga Art Museum in Italy’s Gallarate last year, explores the influence of post-World War II art on the Italian fashion label’s designs over the past 60 years.
“The mix between fashion and art is always exciting, and this show highlights the important dialogue between post-war Italian artists, designers and industry,” said 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.'”
Works from artists such as Sonia Delaunay, Lucio Fontana and Lucio Severini, who have influenced the Missoni family’s creative process over the years, will go on display. They have been drawn from the Ma*ga museum and private collections in Italy.
The show will also honor the late Ottavio Missoni, by displaying some of his paintings and knitted patchwork tapestries.
The exhibition showcases a large selection of Missoni looks from the Fifties to the present, created by the brand’s cofounder Rosita and her daughter, the company’s creative director, Angela Missoni. A large number of the looks on display highlight the label’s association with knitwear and wool.
“Missoni was the very first company to apply new, unique design to knitwear and have merino wool as the fiber of choice. Through our partnership in this exhibition, we recognize the distinguished history of the company and what they provide the consumer,” said Stuart McCullough, managing director of The Woolmark Company, who has partnered with Missoni on the exhibition.
Luca Missoni, Rosita Missoni’s son and artistic director of the label’s archive, and the art critic Luciano Caramel, who has previously served as a commissioner for the Venice Biennale, are among the curators.
“This exhibition is designed to showcase the creative process of knitting artwork into fashion forms,” said Luca Missoni. “It’s always a great challenge to rediscover the potential of our colorful heritage to make…positive experiences.”