07 August 2012 by

As Anna Piaggi Dies Aged 81, Anna Dello Russo and Stefano Gabbanna Pay Tribute

Grazia Daily is sad to report that Anna Piaggi - fashion eccentric, style icon and stalwart of Vogue Italia - has passed away.  She died today aged 81 at her home in the Italian style capital of Milan.

As the news spread through Twitter, the fashion industry look to the social media site to commemorate Piaggi. '23 years of working together, thousands of D.P. [Doppie Pagine - double-page spreads] realised together. You will always be remembered Anna,' Vogue Italia editor Franca Sozzani tweeted. Stefano Gabbanna said: 'RIP Anna Piaggi… :((((( ciao grande Anna!!!' and Anna Dello Russo commented: 'I will miss forever Anna Piaggi!!!' Dita Von Teese also took to Twitter, saying: 'So sad to hear that Anna Piaggi, one of my last icons of beauty & fashion has passed. She was the height of glamorous eccentricity.'

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The fashion week FROWs will certainly be a bleaker place without Piaggi's fabulously flamboyant outfits that matched her sky blue hair, rouged cheeks and vivid lipstick. In 2006, the Victoria & Albert Museum's exhibition entitled Fashion-ology was created in honour of Piaggi's remarkable career. It showcased her personal wardrobe crammed with no less than 2865 dresses and 265 pairs of shoes.

Anna's enigmatic style inspired fashion fans and designers alike with Karl Lagerfeld and Marc Jacobs raving about her creative flair. Lagerfeld sketched ten years' worth of Piaggi's outfits in his 1986 fashion journal while Katie Grand told Grazia Daily that pictures of the distinguishable icon inspired Louis Vuitton's incredible Autumn Winter 2012 collection. Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana have also previously praised her influence, saying 'She is creative, eccentric and unpredictable, with a great knowledge of the history of fashion.'

Meanwhile one of her favourite milliners Stephen Jones said, 'With Anna it's about fun and interest and frivolity. It's her crazy jumble of things. But it's actually not at all crazy and not at all a jumble. It's very disciplined.' When she worked at Vanity Fair in the '80s, Piaggi formed a strong friendship with Manolo Blahnik, who has described her as 'the world's last great authority on frocks'.

She will be greatly missed.


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