ICON :: RIP Anna Piaggiby ams on Aug 15, 2012 • 2:00 pm
Piaggi was born in Milan in 1931, and¬†worked as a translator for an Italian publishing company¬†Mondadori, writing also for fashion magazines such as the Italian edition of¬†Vogue¬†and, in the 1980s, the avant-garde magazine¬†Vanity.¬†Since 1969, she used a bright red manual¬†Olivetti¬†Valentine typewriter for her work.
Piaggi expansive wardrobe was said to include 3,000 dresses and 265 pairs of shoes, according to a 2006 exhibition at the¬†Victoria and Albert Museum¬†in¬†London. She dressed in an exuberant, unique and eclectic way, never appearing in the same outfit more than once in public. Such was her influence and knowledge in the fashion world,¬†Manolo Blahnik¬†dubbed her “The world’s last great authority on frocks”.
Her associates in the fashion world included the fashion designer¬†Karl Lagerfeld¬†(from the 1970s), who has often sketched her, and Manolo Blahnik, who is the designer of many of her shoes. She was the muse of British milliner¬†Stephen Jones. She was also an admirer of¬†British¬†clothes designer¬†Vivienne Westwood¬†and her hats, made by¬†Prudence Millinery.
Piaggi lived in¬†New York¬†and visited London and Italy periodically since the 1950s, and appeared in the documentary¬†Bill Cunningham New York¬†on the¬†New York Times¬†fashion and social photographer¬†Bill Cunningham.