The fashion industry will never be the way it is today without a certain remarkable knitwear innovation—which basically became the foundation for a global lifestyle brand—without the innovative mind of Ottavio Missoni and his love for colorful geometrical kaleidoscopic stripe and zigzags.
Despite being a dedicated and professional athlete and even a prisoner of war in WWII, Missoni had a keen eye for fashion especially the concept of exclusivity on patterns and shapes, which opened up the skills to mix the historical approaches of designing along with the present and future design trends. He has always understood the stylishness of luxury knitwear in the fashion industry by inculcating the roots of tradition and culture through various intricate designs of products.
Originally from Dubrovnik (formerly Ragusa of the Dalmatian coast), he was born in 1921 and raised by Teresa, a countess and Vittorio, a marine captain. Ottavio, whose nickname was Tai, was a natural sportsman and fitness fanatic and he was already a well-known man on the sports arena. He eventually joined the troops of the Italian army during the World War II in Africa and was captured by the English militia in Egypt. He produced a basic sportswear in Trieste with his sports-mate and friend, Giorgio Oberweger, during the four years of being held at a British POW camp. They fused together their proficient knowledge of athletic attire and sooner or later became an inspired and well respected fashion business partners. It was during the 1948 Italian Olympic when they started to design tracksuits for the athletes.
Along with designing the suits for the 1948 Olympics, he retained his figure as a successful global athlete under the specialization of track and field events which include the 400 meter hurdles. He met Rosita Jelmini, who also came from a garment background, in London during the Olympic event and eventually married her in 1953 in Golasecca. Rosita recalls that they met at Piccadilly, under the Eros statue, and immediately fell in love with Ottavio and London at the same time.
They opened a small knitwear workshop in Gallarate, Italy, after marrying and called the shop Maglificio Jolly. “I thought it was an extremely current approach to make garments.” With Rosita building up the state of the extent and Ottavio taking the part of colourist and professional, each played to their qualities and the Missoni brand was created.
In spite of their unmistakable make-up, Missoni articles of clothing at first made an unknown entrée into the style world, showing up without their mark name for a boutiques in Milan and minor Italian retail establishments. In 1958 Missoni unobtrusively propelled its own case reach and a progression of striped shirt dresses were sold to the Italian retail establishment La Rinascente. After four years, Missoni were turning out to be progressively test and incidentally concocted their multi-hued mark crisscross example. At this point they had been found and advanced by the style editorial manager Anna Piaggi, who was to say: “they truly began a knitwear upheaval.
Missoni’s first catwalk show occurred in Milan in 1966. The next year it was arranged at the revered Palazzo Pitti in Florence. The couple incidentally created a minor outrage when the models wore Missoni knitwear with no clothing, which turned out to be unmistakably straightforward under the unforgiving catwalk lights. “What do they think, that Pitti is the Crazy Horse?” composed one insulted columnist. After two years the Missonis met the fabulous supervisor Diana Vreeland at the Grand Hotel in Rome. On seeing their gathering her response was convincing: “Look! Who’s said that just colors exist? There are additionally tones.”
The 1970s were Missoni’s brilliant years. Toward the beginning of the decade Bloomingdale’s in New York opened an in-store Missoni boutique. Grabbed by Vogue, the Missoni mark style was given its own particular design express, “the set up together look”; the magazine expressed: “Depend on Missoni to give you a sweater you never possessed.”
With the brand character bit by bit picking up force, Missoni knitwear was shot by the world class of style photography: Henry Clarke, Helmut Newton, Deborah Turbeville and Richard Avedon. A list of well-known Missoni clients that included Lauren Bacall, Marcello Mastroianni and Rudolph Nureyev, was saturating the name with big name believability. In November 1973 The New York Times pronounced: “Missoni’s weaved garments have ended up universal materialistic trifles, as Vuitton sacks and Gucci shoes.” The 1978 spring accumulation was joined by a review at New York’s Whitney Museum, and soon thereafter Missoni demonstrated its first men’s gathering.
With their mark crisscross immovably engraved on the style cognizance, by the 1980s Missoni was set for re-imagine itself. The principal Missoni scent was dispatched in 1982, trailed by Missoni Home a year later. The Missoni example was currently connected to verging on everything – from a crochet weave bandeau swimming outfit to a scented light. Commissions were attempted to instill Fiat and Mazda autos with the Missoni sensibility and ensembles were intended for La Scala. In 2009 Missoni took the thought of planner insides one stage further, opening its first inn in Edinburgh.
In the convention of Italian traditions – Gucci, Fendi, Versace, et al – the Missoni authors took a rearward sitting arrangement in the mid-1990s while relatives were relegated imaginative and corporate parts. Not long ago, catastrophe struck when Ottavia’s eldest child, Vittorio, vanished with his wife and four others flying in a light flying machine plane on vacation in Venezuela.
Ottavia, who was once named a standout amongst the most rich men on the planet was all the while preparing in shot put and spear at 88. After two years he distributed his life account. “Shading?” he composed. “What would I be able to say? I like contrasting colour with music: just seven notes but then endless tunes have been created.”
Today, Missoni is still all that much a family undertaking: Rosita and Ottavio’s little girl Angela assumed control planning in 1996, and children Luca and Vittorio regulate the business, while Angela’s yearning on-screen character little girl, Margherita, is the brand’s representative. Missoni has extended also. Rather than tackling joint efforts like different names, they created more than 25 sub-lines including M Missoni (a lower-estimated line possessed by the Valentino Fashion Group), Missoni Home, Missoni’s exclusive line at Target, Missoni menswear, scents (initially propelled in 1980), and at one time, Missoni Sport (now ended). There are likewise anticipates Hotel Missoni, a Rezidor Hotel Group undertaking set to open in Kuwait in 2009, with others to follow in urban areas like Dubai, Paris, and Miami.