Fashion Icon Anna Piaggi Dies At Age 81
9th OF August 2012
Fashion was struck a massive blow this week when legendary fashion writer and Vogue Italia contributor Anna Piaggi died at age 81.
Piaggi was one of the great eccentric dressers of the 20th century. With a fondness for millinery, colourful faux furs and vivid finger-waved blue hair, Piaggi was legendary among fashionistas as a true original.
So famous was her dress sense that in 2006, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London hosted a retrospective of her wardrobe.
And Piaggi was the ultimate collector: she had couture from every decade of the 20th century, from 1920s Vionnet to Karl Lagerfeld originals, and wore them all together.
Karl Lagerfeld was a close personal friend, as was Stephen Jones, who often custom-made her hats.
She dressed 'for performance' rather than in head-to-toe couture, and once told Women's Wear Daily that she came to one of Lagerfeld's parties as a Venetian fishwife, complete with dead pigeons who started to bleed and forced her to leave.
She was also famous for using the same bright-red Olivetti typewriter for her entire writing career.
The fashion world has given her high praise after her death. Franco Sozzani, powerful editor of Vogue Italia, tweeted that she would 'always remember' Anna, Dita Von Teese professed that she was devastated, and Dolce & Gabbana tweeted a picture of her from their personal collection of photographs.
Want to be inspired by Anna's style? Think eccentric layers, huge hats, canes, opera glasses and gorgeous vintage shoes.
Rest in peace, Anna.
Image: Anna Piaggi.