RIP Ottavio Missoni (February 11 1921 – May 9, 2013)
Ottavio Missoni, co-founder of the Missoni fashion brand known for it’s signature zig-zag patterns, died Thursday at the age of 92 in Italy. He co-founded the Missoni fashion label in 1953 with his wife, Rosita Jelmini. Rosita’s family owned a textile factory; and it was here that the couple developed machinery that allowed them to create their iconic zig-zag knits.
William Travilla (March 22, 1920 – November 2, 1990), was an American costume designer for theatre, film, and television. He attended the prestigious Chouinard School of Art in Los Angeles, where his talent allowed him to advance to adult classes at the age of eight. As a teenager, his artistic eye took notice of the burlesque clubs that he passed on his way to school, and before long he was creating sketches of costumes for the dancers. Although he is best known as the designer responsible for some of Marilyn Monroe’s most iconic looks, Travilla was also a major fashion influence for fifty years. He designed his own fashion line and created iconic looks for countless celebrities.