Italian stylist and fashion muse Marta Marzotto has died today following a brief illness at the age of 85.
Born in Reggio Emilia, Italy, in 1931 as Marta Vacondio, the daughter of a railway signalman and a rice weeder, she started working as an apprentice seamstress before becoming a model. She met and married Umberto Marzotto, a count and co-owner of the Marzotto family textile business, in the 1950s. They had five children before divorcing.
Marta Marzotto was an influential social fixture in Italy, leaving a mark in its culture. She was for years a muse to artist Renato Guttuso, with whom she had a very public relationship.
She had the ability to command attention, with her bold jewelry, colorful kaftans, a mane of blond hair and big smile. She counted homes in Marrakech, Rome, Milan and Cortina d’Ampezzo. She rubbed elbows with Europe’s patricians, writers, artists, politicians and designers, from Giorgio Armani to Roberto Cavalli.
The world has lost an icon and a pioneer of freedom, the gallery is a celebration of her amazing life.
© Marta Marzotto