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Anna Piaggi, Italian Vogue fashion writer and editor dead at 81

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Piaggi, who contributed to dozens of Italian fashion magazines including Vogue Italia, was a runway fixture, garnering attention for her collection of hats, brightly colored fur stoles and prediliction for layering patterns.

 

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FILE – 7 AUGUST 2012: Fashion Writer Anna Piaggi, 81, died in home on August 7, 2012 in Milan, Italy.

The fashion world is mourning the loss of Anna Piaggi, an Italian fashion editor and writer famed for her blue hair and eccentric, vintage-tinged style.

The woman described by photographer Bill Cunningham as a “fine poet in clothes”, died in her home in Milan on Tuesday at the age of 81, the Telegraph reports.

Piaggi, who contributed to dozens of Italian fashion magazines including Vogue Italia, was a runway fixture, garnering attention for her collection of hats, brightly colored fur stoles and boas and prediliction for layering wild patterns.

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Stella McCartney and Anna Piaggi in 2009.

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Anna Piaggi attends the Viktor & Rolf Fashion show, during Paris Fashion Week Fall-Winter on February 26th, 2008.

In 2006, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London put her astonishing collection of fashions on exhibit.

The collection, dubbed “Fashion-ology,”  included 265 pairs of shoes, 29 fans, 932 hats, 2,865 dresses, 24 aprons and 31 feather boas, according to the International Herald Tribune.

“English hatmakers for me are really the best – and I feel better if I have a good hat on,” she said at the time.

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Anna Piaggi’s exhibition “Fashion-ology” at the Victoria & Albert Museum on January 31, 2006 in London.

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“Fashion-ology” featured drawings, photographs and storyboards and features vintage couture and designer clothing from her personal collection.

Since the 1960’s, Piaggi counted fashion luminaries such as Vivienne Westwood, Stella McCartney, Karl Lagerfeld, Manolo Blahnik and Stefano Gabbana as friends and admirers.

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Vivienne Westwood, Jean-Charles de Castelbajac and Anna Piaggi m on January 31, 2006 in London.

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Anna Piaggi poses backstage at the Fendi show as part of Milan Fashion Week Spring Summer 2008 on September 27, 2007.

Fans of Piaggi’s vintage mas-up style and uncompromising devotion to fashion took to Twitter to offer condolences.

Nina Garcia, Cynthia Rowley, Anna Della Russo were among the thousands who tweeted their appreciation for the doyenne of dressing.

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Anna Piaggi attends Uomo Vogue 40th Anniversary Celebration Party as part of Milan Fashion Week Menswear Spring/Summer 2009 on June 22, 2008.

“So sad to hear that Anna Piaggi, one of my last icons of beauty & fashion has passed,” Burlesque performer Dita Von Teese. “She was the height of glamorous eccentricity.”

In the documentary ‘Bill Cunningham: New York,” the photographer Bill Cunningham described Piaggi as a “fine poet in clothes.”

 

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