Laura Biagiotti: her life in pictures

Italian stylist and fashion designer Laura Biagiotti has died after suffering a heart attack. She was 73.

Laura Biagiotti, one of the earliest Italian female designers to go global with her creations, is known for luxurious knits which won her the nickname “Queen of Cashmere“. Her company also produced several perfumes, including the popular “Roma” fragrance.

I’m convinced that the true gold mine in our country is the “Made in Italy” label.

Born in 1943, Laura Biagiotti abandoned plans to become an archaeologist to help her mother run a dressmaking business. In those early years, she travelled frequently to the United States to learn business and technology. After collaborating with such famous fashion houses as Shubert and Capucci she presented her own collection in Florence in 1972.

In 1988, she became the first Italian designer to put on a fashion show in China, presenting dresses and blouses in silk and cashmere. Several years later she was the first to have a show inside the Kremlin walls in Moscow. She expanded into men’s clothing as well, and created a plus-size women’s line, Laura Piu, and the Biagiotti Junior line for children.

The world has lost an icon and a pioneer of Italian style, the gallery is a celebration of her amazing life.

 

© Vogue Uk

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