Rainbow dresser Anna Piaggi would always, always have a technicolour hat balanced on top of her sky blue hair. From union jack top hats to fruit bowls, Anna always had a party on her head. Now the eccentric hat collection of the late Italian fashion editor is to be exhibited during Milan Fashion week next season. It's the perfect fashion week tribute to Anna who past away last August.
'Hat-ology' has been curated by milliner Stephen Jones and will feature everything from a McDonald’s baseball cap to Chanel couture creations. One thing's for certain, it will be a riot of colour. Oh and feathers, there will be lots of feathers. Jones said to WWD that Piagga would: 'try them on back-to-front, upside-down, pin on a jewel, add a veil.'
Stephen Jones is a fan of the fashion icon's style as he has previously said about the blue haired editor: '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.'
But this isn't the first time her colourful wardrobe has been exhibited, as in 2006, the Victoria & Albert Museum's exhibition entitled Fashion-ology was created in honour of Piaggi's career. It showcased her personal wardrobe crammed with no less than 2865 dresses and 265 pairs of shoes. We can't imagine how many hats are stored away in the Anna Piaggi archive.
Anna said about her hat obsession: 'My hat is personal. It is what contains the soul, the feeling, the sensation that moves this little world around. It's a secret and I want to keep it as secret as possible.'
Anna's style inspired Louis Vuitton Autumn Winter 2012 collection, as Piaggi-esque hats made their way down the LV catwalk. We spoke to Katie Grand at the time about the collection and said that 'What was incredible about Anna's style was how she put things together with complete confidence. She looked stylish but not batty or silly. It was her eccentricity mixed with a couture sensibility that was so inspiring.'
Doors will open on 21st September at the Palazzo Morando - trip to Milano anyone? For now take a look at some of Anna's most outlandish headgear in the gallery below...