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Moschino

Italian

The Moschino story begins in the early 1980s, when Franco Moschino (1950–94), a freelance magazine illustrator and Gianni Versace collaborator, founded a label in Italy whose ethos was all about having fun.

Moschino initially pursued a degree in painting at Milan Academy of Fine Arts during the late 1960s, turning to freelance illustration to help pay his way through school. He found inspiration in Pop art, Dadaism and bold graphics. During the 1970s, he began to work for Gianni Versace’s now-legendary house as a sketcher and freelanced as a clothing designer with other fashion labels. In 1983, encouraged by Versace, he launched his own extravagant and excessive couture collection.

Moschino’s expertly tailored, vibrant designs for casual wear and more, each adorned with loud, playful details, spoofed the chic high fashion of the day, and his close relationship with fine art — as well as his eye for innovation — welcomed comparisons to Elsa Schiaparelli over the years. The label’s work essentially mocked the industry even as its hand fed Moschino, with the founder emblazoning shirts with slogans such as “Good taste doesn’t exist” or embroidering jackets with the phrase “Waist of money,” while the theatrical shows were positioned with an undercurrent of critique. Today, the Metropolitan Museum of Art holds two vintage Moschino handbags in its collection: one shaped like a milk carton and the other an iron.

“Under all the surface witticisms, [Moschino] had a serious knack for running class pieces through a wringer of irony or Surrealism,” observed Vogue. “Chanel-isms were his favorite trope, though he also poked fun at Jean Paul Gaultier’s lingerie dressing and put out pasta bags in a parody of the Prada accessories craze.”

Accessories, jeans and the first men’s collection were presented at the Regal Palace in Milan in 1985, with his Moschino Jeans womenswear collection following in 1986. Then Moschino released Moschino for Women, its first fragrance, the next year in Europe. In 1988, long before brands had considered the concept of a spin-off, Moschino bowed its cheeky diffusion line for men and women, Moschino Cheap & Chic, during the shows in Milan. The label thrived, adding its first stores in Italy and campaigning for eco-friendly fur. Its retrospective-slash-fashion-show “X Years of Kaos” in the early 1990s benefited a children’s AIDS organization.

After Moschino’s untimely death at the age of 44 from AIDS complications, Rossella Jardini, his longtime friend and colleague, took the reins. She carried the torch for nearly 20 years, adding eyewear, watches and jewelry. American designer Jeremy Scott was named creative director in 2013.

Scott, who grew up on a farm and once unveiled a collection of evening dresses charred with burn marks, imbues all his work with a message of inclusion, be it his Fast Food collection in 2014 (hot dog dress included) or Moschino Barbie. “I don’t care if the critics don’t like me,” Scott told Vogue. “I want to be the people’s designer, like Diana was the people’s princess.”

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Average Sold Price
$536
Moschino Cheap Chic Brown Teddy Bear Vest
By Moschino
Located in Pasadena, CA
Moschino cheap chic brown teddy bear vest Be retro cool wearing this fun vest by Moschino Cheap and Chic. Fun for festive occasions. Material is like a cotton bath rob feel and test...
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1990s Moschino

Moschino Couture Black Vintage Hand Print Suit
By Moschino
Located in Pasadena, CA
Moschino couture black vintage hand print suit This iconic vintage hand print suit is documented in the MOSCHINO 10 year book. Museum Quality. Same suit was featured in the Mint Mu...
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1980s Moschino

Moschino Jeans Black Leather Cherry Wristlet Vintage
By Moschino
Located in Pasadena, CA
Moschino jeans black leather cherry wristlet vintage Be retro cool using this vintage wristlet by Moschino Jeans. Clean inside. A few marks or loss of color on the green leather tie...
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Early 2000s Moschino

Vintage FRANCO MOSCHINO Profile Flower Novelty Belt
By Moschino
Located in Kingersheim, Alsace
Vintage FRANCO MOSCHINO Profile Flower Novelty Belt Measurements: Flower Height: 2.12 inches (5.4 cm) Dangling Charm Height: 2.24 inches (5.7 cm) Will fit waists: 23.62 inches to 2...
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1990s Moschino

Moschino Jeans Black Stretch Velvet Top Nwt
By Moschino, Moschino Jeans
Located in Pasadena, CA
Moschino jeans black stretch velvet top nwt It's have to find vintage Moschino with tags, but it's out there and we have this very wearable stretch velvet camisole style top! Tiny r...
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1990s Moschino

Moschino Sunglasses by Persol Ratti Black Resin Gold Heart Ladies 1985
By Moschino
Located in Port Saint Lucie, FL
A pair of ladies sunglasses from Moschino and Persol Ratti, circa 1985. Made from black resin, these feature gold tone metal hearts on each side. Preowned/vintage with minimal sign...
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1980s Moschino

1990s Moschino Forever Chequered Heart Print Gold Silk Scarf
By Moschino
Located in London, GB
Absolutely stunning vintage Moschino pure silk large square scarf featuring love hearts adorn the corners, with 'Moschino Forever' against a cloudy blue sky, in a gold frame in the m...
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1990s Moschino

Moschino Cheap & Chic Black Red Heart Wool Dress
By Moschino Cheap and Chic, Moschino
Located in Pasadena, CA
Moschino cheap & chic black red heart wool dress This vintage wool knit sheath dress by Moschino Cheap & Chic is super fun and perfect for Fall dressing. Pair with black ankle or kn...
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1990s Moschino

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Moschino fashion for sale on 1stDibs

1stDibs offers an extraordinary range of authentic Moschino 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 red, blue, pink and other tones. Most of the items here were designed during the 20th Century, but you can find examples that were created as recently as the 21st Century and Contemporary. Customers interested in this designer might also find the work of Jean Paul Gaultier, Emilio Pucci and Gianni Versace appealing. On 1stDibs, find designer Moschino fashion, vintage and haute couture from top boutiques around the world. On 1stDibs, the price for these items starts at $50 and tops out at $8,500, while the average work can sell for $502..

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