Fashion editor, designer, formidable fashionista and style icon Anna Piaggi died recently on August 7, 2012 at her home in Milan at the ripe age of 81.
Known for her fearless style, blue coif and keen eye for fashion trends, Piaggi wrote for Vogue Italia, where she contributed her “doppie pagine” – the double page spreads, also known as “DP’s.”
Upon her passing Franca Sozzani, Vogue Italia Editor-in- Chief tweeted, “23 years of working together, thousands of D.P. realised together. You will always be remembered Anna.”
“Her pages are the reason to read Vogue” added shoe legend, a close friend of Piaggi to whom she was a muse.
Born in 1931 in Milan, Anna Piaggi was working as a translator at a press agency when she met her future husband, the photographer Alfa Castaldi.
Castaldi provided Piaggi with an introduction to fashion journals. They were married in 1962 and became professional collaborators until his death in 1995, living in New York, from which Piaggi would make trips to Italy and London.
Piaggi also had a fondness for British fashion designerand her hats made by Prudence Millinery, but it was hat designer Stephen Jones who looked to her as a muse.
Marc Jacobs’s fall collection has apparently also been inspired by the uniqueness of Anna Piaggi!
In 2006, Piaggi held a fashion exhibition at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London called “Fashion-ology” which celebrated her extensive wardrobe.
Known to never duplicate an ensemble worn in public, Piaggi contributed some 2,865 dresses, 24 aprons, 31 feather boas, 932 hats, 265 pairs of shoes and 29 fans to the Fashion-ology exhibition, attended by designers Zandra Rhodes, Vivienne Westwood, Manolo Blahnik, Jean-Charles de Castelbajac, Stephen Jones and Philip Treacy.
Speaking of her love of hats, Piaggi admitted “English hatmakers for me are really the best - and I feel better if I have a good hat on.”
Chanel’s Creative Directorwas also in the picture, as Piaggi met him in 1974. Lagerfeld went on to sketch her outfits through the 1970’s for a good part of a decade, eventually producing a book “Lagerfeld’s Sketchbook: Karl Lagerfeld’s Illustrated Fashion Journal of Anna Piaggi.”
The fashion world will surely miss Anna Piaggi’s contributions and inspiration… Enjoy the slideshow of fearless fashionista Anna Piaggi!