Art Is Weaved Into Fashion At This Mindblowing Missoni Show: Reviewed

Missoni Art Colour, Fashion and Textile Museum ★★★★★

Tabish Khan
By Tabish Khan Last edited 29 months ago
Art Is Weaved Into Fashion At This Mindblowing Missoni Show: Reviewed Missoni Art Colour, Fashion and Textile Museum 5
A selection of Missoni outfits is on display in the exhibition.

Missoni is a fashion brand known for its bright and bold colours. But how did its designs come about and what was the inspiration? This exhibition takes a radical approach for taking us on this journey.

We were fully expecting a show full of clothing. But as we enter the exhibition it's like we've accidentally stepped into an art museum. Walking down through the corridor, we're regaled with futurist artworks by European painters, including Sonia Delaunay.

It's a clever opener, because when we are confronted with a pyramid of mannequins wearing Missoni-designed clothing, the root of the inspiration snaps into place. We're not just seeing pretty dresses — this is wearable art.

There are textiles, fabrics and even a Lucio Fontana work to compound the link between fashion and art, and the exhibition is sparingly curated so viewers don't feel overwhelmed by too much information, thus helping to concisely convey the vision of designer / artists Ottavio and Rosita Missoni.

Fashion and art have always been interlinked, but we've never seen an exhibition convey the relationship so well. Our expectations were completely blown away.

Missoni Art Colour is on at Fashion and Textile Museum until 4 September. Tickets are £9.90 / £7.70.

Last Updated 10 May 2016