Style icon and fashion journalist Anna Piaggi passed away on Tuesday, August 7 in Milan at the age of 81. Piaggi’s legendary career began as a translator at Mondadori publishing. She moved on to become the fashion editor of the Italian magazine Ariadne in the ‘60s and then Vogue Italia in the ‘70s. At Vogue Italia, she was especially well known for double page spreads that illustrated the current moment with a montage of images. Piaggi made her mark as an editor with her wealth of knowledge about fashion, combined with her modern views and opinions.
Similar to her outspoken role as an editor, Piaggi had a flair for style. The fashion icon took an eccentric stand with unmistakable vivid makeup and colorful looks that often included rosy cheeks, fancy hats and over-the-top fur. In 2006, Piaggi’s style was celebrated by the Victoria & Albert Museum with the “Anna Piaggi Fashionolgy” exhibit, which showcased approximately 2865 dresses and 265 pairs of shoes.