Mere months after his eldest child went missing, the patriarch of the fashion house passed away at the age of 92.
Ottavio Missoni died on the morning of May 9 at 92. The brand released a statement, saying, “The Missoni Family announces that Ottavio Missoni passed away peacefully at home at the age of 92, surrounded by his Family.” Ottavio was in Sumirago, Italy at the time of his death. The sad news comes months after the family was rocked by the disappearance of Ottavio’s eldest son, Vittorio, and his wife, Maurizia Castiglioni.
Vittorio Missoni Missing:
Vittorio, 58, and Maurizia were aboard a twin-engine Britten Norman BN2 Islander aircraft along with another couple and two crew members when they went missing on Jan. 4. They have yet to be found. The six passengers were traveling from the resort islands of Los Roques to the Venezuelan capital of Caracas. They disappeared in an area known as ‘Los Roques Curse,’ a phenomenon similar to the Bermuda Triangle. Since the ’90s, at least 15 aircrafts have crashed or gone missing in the 87-mile journey — with Missoni’s plane being the most recent to pass through the infamous area. Vittorio’s sister, Angela, broke the news to the family patriarch.
Ottavio Missoni Dead:
Ottavio was hospitalized on May 1 for cardiac impairment, where he was treated and released later that day. He is survived by his wife, Rosita, his two other children, Luca and Angela, and his grandchildren, (including Margherita who serves as the brand’s ambassador).
He was born in Dubrovnik, Croatia, on February 11, 1921. His wife’s family owned a textile factory that crafted shawls. Together Ottavio and his wife, Rosita, founded the Missoni brand in 1953. The fashion house, known for their bold prints and knitwear, is most famous for introducing chevron stripes in the ’70s. They first showed their collection in Milan, in 1966. In 1996, the couple passed the business onto their children. Their daughter, Angela, took over designing. The iconic brand continues to find success under the direction of their children. The label has expanded beyond ready-to-wear into other areas, such as home goods. In 2011, they launched a major capsule collection with Target that was widely successful, quickly selling out both in stores and online.