Missoni at the FTM

Missoni at the FTM

I was really looking forward to the Missoni exhibition at the Fashion & Textile Museum in London and it did not disappoint.  It was a privilege to see classic Missoni fashions spanning six decades displayed alongside large-scale wall hangings, highlighting many instantly recognisable Missoni textile designs, some of Ottavio Missoni’s graphic paintings, and several amazing original design sketches.  The accompanying contemporary artwork from other major Italian and European figures, like Sonia Delaunay, served to illustrate the fertile artistic and political landscape of mid-20th century Italy.  I loved all the pieces and marvelled at how such relatively simple stitch patterns can produce textiles of infinite variety and beauty.  Missoni’s success and appeal hinges largely on the inspirational use of colour, and it was fascinating to see and hear Ottavio and Rosita film discussing their unique approach to colour and design.  Most definitely worth a visit.

Amazing designs
Amazing designs
Great stripes on a mirror frame - love the floor covering, too
Great stripes on a mirror frame – love the floor covering, too
Such visual impact!
Such visual impact!
Great detail - colour, pattern and texture
Great detail – colour, pattern and texture
Collar detail
Collar detail
Wall hanging
Wall hanging
Inspirational swatches
Inspirational swatches
Super colours
Super colours
Some fabulous designs through the decades
Some fabulous designs through the decades
Amazing fabrics as well as patterns
Amazing fabrics as well as patterns

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