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Ottavio Missoni
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Designer
    (February 11, 1921-May 9, 2013)
    Born in Dubrovnik, Croatia
    With his wife Rosita founded the Missoni fashion house (1953)
    Opened first US boutique (1970)
    Known for knitware with brightly colored zigzag patterns
    He was the son of a countess.
    He spent most of World War II as a prisoner of war after being captured by the British in the Battle of El Alamein.
    He said, 'I'm lazy, so work for me has always been an effort.'
    Missoni sweaters became a preppy and yuppie staple.
    At the 1948 Olympics, he competed in the 400-meter hurdles (finishing sixth) and designed the Italian team's woolen tracksuits.
    The fashion director of Sak's Fifth Avenue said, 'Before the Missonis, knits were poky and dowdy. What they have done is transform the industry.'
    In the early 70s the fashion critic for the New York Times said of Missoni designs, 'It is exactly what Chanel would do, if she were still alive, young and working in Italy.'
    He and Rosita were married for sixty years.
    His oldest son Vittorio went missing and was presumed dead after the plane he was in disappeared off the coast of Venezuela (January 4, 2013).
    His advice for getting through tedious cocktail party chit-chat: 'You can handle any conversation with just three words: 'really,' 'sometimes' and 'maybe.''

Credit: C. Fishel


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    In 2016, Out of 1 Votes: 0% Annoying
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    In 2014, Out of 12 Votes: 58.33% Annoying
    In 2013, Out of 71 Votes: 63.38% Annoying
 
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