Today, we are saddened by the news that Missoni founder Ottavio (“Tai”) Missoni passed away at the age of 92. It was just a few short months ago that InStyle caught up with the Missoni family at their hilltop home in Northern Italy for our September 2012 issue, which is where we truly observed how the family operated as tightly as their multihued threads. Above, Tai sits front and center, surrounded by his children and grandchildren, including (from left) grandson Giacomo, son Vittorio, granddaughter Margherita, son Luca, daughter Angela, wife Rosita, grandson Ottavio Junior, and granddaughter Teresa. Remember Tai’s lasting legacy, the man who made zigzags synonymous with his Missoni name, by reading an excerpt from the story that gave us closer look into the fashion visionary’s world.
Editor’s Note: The following is excerpted from “The Missonis at Home in Italy: It’s a Family Affair” by Hal Rubenstein, which originally appeared in InStyle’s September 2012 issue.
As if being happily entwined in marriage weren’t enough, Ottavio (who goes by Tai) and Rosita Missoni decided in the 1950s to weave together their fashion skills and start a retail company. He made knitwear, while her family excelled at embroidery. Milan would have been the natural choice for their offices, but Tai had other ideas. “If I was going to make beautiful clothing,” he recalls, “I wanted to work somewhere surrounded by beauty. Everyone said, ‘Don’t worry, you can be inspired when you go to the country on the weekends.’ But I wanted to be inspired every day.” More