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Missoni

Italian

In 1953, Ottavio “Tai” (1921–2013) and Rosita (b. 1931) Missoni opened a small knitwear shop in Gallarate, Italy, paving the way for what would become an iconic style of colorful chevron knit.

Missoni began with a tracksuit, which featured zippers down the legs because, as Rosita recalls it, “Tai was too lazy to take off his shoes when putting them on.” The couple’s fashion really took off, though, once they discovered the Raschel knitting machine on a trip to a shawl factory. The machine enabled the Missonis to knit multiple colors in a zigzag pattern, a motif that would go on to become synonymous with the Missoni brand across everything from its alluring vintage day dresses and sweaters to its purses, seating and rugs.

Missoni held its first fashion show in Florence in 1967 and caused a bit of a sensation when the models’ Lurex dresses proved translucent under the lights at the Pitti Palace. Scandal aside, the show went down in history as a hit, and the Missonis soon made their debut in the United States with the help of legendary fashion editor Diana Vreeland, who gave the variegated Missoni stripe the Vogue seal of approval, saying, “Who says a rainbow has seven colors? It has many shades.” (It was also Vreeland who reportedly introduced the Missonis to Neiman Marcus president Stanley Marcus, effectively shepherding the brand to the American market.)

Missoni’s many-shaded rainbow would soon become an emblem of the 1970s fashion scene, earning the brand a permanent place in the fashion canon. In 1973, the New York Times proclaimed: “Missoni’s weaved garments have ended up universal materialistic trifles, as Vuitton sacks and Gucci shoes.”

The brand branched into the home market in 1983, with Rosita overseeing this new venture, which included furniture, textiles and accessories. Daughter Angela succeeded her mother at the helm of the brand, where she still serves as president and creative director today; her brother Luca is CEO, while her daughter Margherita is creative director of offshoot M Missoni.

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$2,342
NEW Missoni Crochet Knit Canvas Espadrilles Wedge High Heels Shoes
By Missoni
Located in Switzerland, CH
Work a subtle hint of Missoni into your summer look with these gorgeous wedges. A great way to add height to city shorts or a maxi dress. A MISSONI signature piece that will last you...
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2010s Missoni

NEW Missoni Gold Metallics Lurex Crochet Knit Kaftan Tunic Top Mini Dress
By Missoni
Located in Switzerland, CH
Classic MISSONI signature zigzag knit Stunning metallic colors With gorgeous golden lurex thread Simply slips on Dry Clean only Made in Italy Marked Size 38 New, ...
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2010s Missoni

NEW Missoni Signature Chevron Zigzag Metallic Lurex Kaftan Tunic Dress Coverup
By Missoni
Located in Switzerland, CH
Beautiful multicolored lurex Missoni kaftan dress Classic Missoni signature knit Simply slips on Golden crochet-knit detail trimming Dry Clean only Made in Italy S...
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2010s Missoni

NEW Missoni Pink Multicolor Crochet Knit Kaftan Tunic Cover Up Mini Dress
By Missoni
Located in Switzerland, CH
A signature Missoni knit caftan in a cascade of colors is the only piece you'll need this summer season Multicolored knitted Missoni kaftan in beautiful pink colors Plunging V-neckl...
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2010s Missoni

Missoni Black Knitted White Wave Pattern Sleeveless Dress
By Missoni
Located in London, GB
Missoni Black Knitted White Wave Pattern Sleeveless Dress -Black and white wave pattern knitted slip-on skater dress -Features a round neck, black slip dress underneath - Slee...
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21st Century and Contemporary Missoni

MISSONI Black & Orange Silk Spotted Print Scarf
By Missoni
Located in San Francisco, CA
MISSONI scarf comes in black silk twill with an all over spotted geometric print. Made in Italy. Excellent Pre-Owned Condition. 86 x 86 cm.
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21st Century and Contemporary Missoni

Missoni Viscose Jumper in Multicolour
By Missoni
Located in Carnate, IT
Missoni Viscose Jumper in Multicolour Missoni shoulder piece. In viscose, polyester and cupro. Very nice and spring color mix. Boat neckline. Size 44. Measures 42 cm at the shoulde...
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21st Century and Contemporary Missoni

Missoni Textured Brick-Brown Calfskin Men's Wallet.
By Missoni
Located in New York, NY
Missoni textured calfskin in brick-brown men's wallet has slots for 12 credit cards as well as a clear slot for, perhaps, a photo identification. When closed, the wallet measures 4 3...
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1990s Missoni

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1stDibs offers an extraordinary range of authentic Missoni fashion. If you’re browsing our collection of unique vintage and designer fashion to elevate your daily look or to introduce new colors to the dazzling formal wear in your wardrobe, this designer’s body of work includes elements of blue, pink, purple and other tones. Customers who are interested in this designer might also find the work of Jimmy Choo, Roberto Cavalli and Emilio Pucci appealing. On 1stDibs, find Missoni haute couture, vintage and designer fashion from top boutiques around the world. On 1stDibs, the price for these items starts at $36 and tops out at $4,999, while the average work can sell for $495..
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  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Missoni, the Italian luxury fashion house, is best known for its colorful knitwear and eponymous zigzag knit. Crafted with the utmost quality, Missoni knitwear continues to be coveted by fashion aficionados and luxury enthusiasts alike. Shop a collection of authentic Missoni garments from some of the world’s top boutiques on 1stDibs.
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    Missoni is an Italian luxury fashion house that specializes in exceptional knitwear. Missoni Mare is a collection of swimwear by Missoni that integrates bold patterns and colors into beach-ready pieces. Shop for Missoni and Missoni Mare pieces from top sellers on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Missoni goods are manufactured in Missoni’s factory located in the Italian countryside outside Sumirago, near the Italian Alps. The factory is part of the Missoni compound, a significant venue to the Missoni family. Browse a collection of Missoni styles from some of the world's top boutiques on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Missoni is mostly manufactured in Italy. Missoni’s factory is located close to the Alps, near the town of Sumirago.​​ This location was chosen due to the Missoni family’s personal ties to the area. Browse a range of authentic Missoni pieces from top sellers on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Missoni is known for their iconic knitwear. They feature a renowned zig-zag pattern in their knit, and also often use bold colors and patterns to enliven their pieces. Shop a range of authentic Missoni pieces from some of the world’s top sellers on 1stDibs.

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