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Fashion designer Ottavio Missoni dead at age 92


UPI News Service, 05/09/2013 

Italian fashion designer Ottavio Missoni has died in Milan, his family said. He was 92.

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Italy's ANSA news agency confirmed his Thursday death, but did not report the exact cause of it.

The one-time Olympic runner founded the Missoni fashion house in 1953 with his wife, Rosita. Together, they designed and manufactured distinctive colorful knitwear with zig-zag patterns for decades.

"I've never done what was fashionable," Missoni once told the fashion publication WWD. "I didn't want to work with preset schemes and I paint my own way."

This is the second sad event to hit the Missoni family this year.

The designer's eldest son Vittorio, the 58-year-old chief executive officer of the Italian fashion house, and his wife, Maurizia Castiglioni, were aboard a small plane that went missing off the Venezuelan coast in January.


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