In the meantime. . .
I've been down to London for a few days, and one of the things I went to was Missoni Art Colour at the Fashion and Textile Museum.
The exhibition was originally shown at the MA*GA Art Museum in Italy last year, and takes as its starting point the Missonis' interest in modern art, and how this influenced their designs. It begins with a display of works by modernist painters, including Sonia Delaunay, Lucio Fontana and Gino Severini.
|'Ballerina' by Gino Severini, c 1957|
The exhibition also includes some of the large knitted patchworks which Ottavio Missoni made from the 1970s onwards, as well as clothes made from the same process.
|One of the smaller knitted pieces|
|The staircase gives an idea of the scale|
|Patchwork knitted jumper|
There are colour studies, and knitted samples.
|Design sheet for a distinctive Missoni zig-zag knit|
But the most striking element of the exhibition is the pyramid of mannequins, 42 in total, wearing Missoni knitwear designed from 1953 to 2014. The mannequins are displayed in a constantly changing light, moving from almost darkness to glaring brightness, which adds to the slightly other-worldly feeling of the display.
|Arranged by colour rather than chronologically|
Missoni Art Colour at the Fashion and Textile Museum runs until 4 September 2016.