Italian style icon, fashion journalist Anna Piaggi dies at 81
Posted by on August 7, 2012 | 8:53 am EST

Anna Piaggi at Jean-Charles de Castelbajac's fall/winter 2008-2009 show during the Paris Fashion Week

Italian style icon and fashion journalist Anna Piaggi was found dead in her Milan home today. Designer Stefano Gabbana revealed to Twitter the news, which was already making rounds in the Italian press. Besides being a familiar face in the industry’s most prominent fashion shows, Piaggi was also celebrated for her extensive collection of dresses and shoes. Always clad in glamorous and flamboyant attires, the style icon was never one to back down from daring sartorial choices. She was almost never photographed wearing the same outfit as well, eternally surprising the world whatever ostentatious ensemble she pulls off.

Just as commanding as her ensemble were her contributions to various publications. It was however, her stint at Vogue Italia that was most remembered. During her tenure at Vogue Italia, Piaggi made double-page spreads her signature format. Similar to her kaleidoscope of clothing choices, these spreads were always a jumble of images and text.

Many also took to Twitter to share their condolences and express their thoughts on her passing. Dita Von Teese tweeted, “So sad to hear that Anna Piaggi, one of my last icons of beauty & fashion has passed. She was the height of glamorous eccentricity. X.” Derek Blasberg added, “RIP Anna Piaggi, the Italian fashion editor who’s fabulous, often ridiculous, always inimitable front row perch was always an inspiration.”

Nicola Formichetti, on the other hand, recalled the time he spent with Piaggi. “You told me once ‘fashion should be fun. let’s make fashion fun again!’ love you anna. RIP Anna Piaggi,” he tweeted together with a photo of him and Piaggi.

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