The ‘Missoni Art Colour’ exhibition explores the influence of 20th century European art on the fashion and textile designs of Ottavio and Rosita Missoni.

One of the most respected exponents of the ‘Made in Italy’ concept, the work of Ottavio and Rosita Missoni is deeply rooted in modern art making the Missoni brand distinctive in the world of international fashion.

The exhibition includes over 40 paintings by 20th century European artists, including Gino Severini, Lucio Fontana and Sonia Delaunay who have influenced the creative process of the Missoni family. The works of art on display are drawn from the MA*GA Museum and from private collections in Italy and many have never been previously shown in the UK. The exhibition showcases over 60 years of fashion alongside the works of art as well as previously unseen textile studies, paintings and patchworks of knitted fabrics, ‘Arazzi’, by Ottavio Missoni. The selection of fashion looks, designed by Angela Missoni since 1997, is drawn from the company’s archive starting in 1953 to the present day.

Organised by the MA*GA Art Museum in collaboration with Missoni, the exhibition celebrates a family firm that has become an international success by combining craft expertise, materials and the latest design trends. Merino wool is featured in many of the garments on display, showcasing the heritage and cultural history of the Missoni family’s association with wool.

Celia Joicey, Director of the Fashion and Textile Museum, said, “This is the first major exhibition to explore the iconic Missoni fashion house. The mix between fashion and art is always exciting, and this show highlights the important dialogue between post-war Italian artists, designers and industry.”

The exhibition will go from May 6th until September 4th at the Fashion and Textile Museum located at 83 Bermondsey Street in London.