Missoni on Film: The Black and White of Colour

Thursday 7 July / 6–8pm


A special screening of the documentary ‘The Black and White of Colour’ (2009), which explores the Missoni heritage and creative process, followed by a Q&A with journalist & producer Maggie Norden. Narrated by Joanna Lumley, the film features important interviews with all the family, including Ottavio Missoni (1921–2013) and Vittorio Missoni (1954–2013) , as well as insights from fashion expert Anna Piaggi (1931–2012), among others. A fascinating event for anyone interested in Missoni, documentary film and fashion alike.

In 2007, Maggie Norden of the London College of Fashion visited Sumirago in Italy to document the aesthetic sources behind the fashion inspirations of Ottavio and Rosita Missoni. Her objective was to approach the creative roots of the company from her interest in vintage aesthetics and tonal perspectives. ‘I wanted to use some textured garments to explore colour interplay using high-definition scanning – weaving their own palette and environment together in the edit , unlocking unused archive and knitting in fresh sound interplay from interviewees.’ says Norden. After winning the confidence of Ottavio ‘Tai’ and Rosita Missoni, Norden was granted special access to see the Missoni art collection on the walls of the family home and her film helps to document the special spirit that animates the company. As Norden will explain, the film then led her to collaborate on an exhibition at the Estorick Collection, ‘Workshop Missoni: Daring to be Different’ in 2009 and parts are also featured in the exhibition MISSONI ART COLOUR at the MA*GA Art Museum and the Fashion and Textile Museum London. Join Maggie Norden at the Fashion and Textile Museum for a rare screening of the full film. It will be followed by an opportunity to discuss the signature style innovation of Missoni and how their vitality sheds light on Italian modernism.

Maggie Norden is the communication director in the School of Media and Communication at the London College of Fashion, University of the Arts. Norden is also a broadcaster and documentary producer.

The event starts at 6pm with a glass of wine in the Museum foyer and opportunity to view the exhibition Missoni Art Colour; the screening and Q&A follows at 6.15pm for 6.20pm in the Fashion Studio and lasts for approximately one hour including the chance to ask questions.

Price £15 / £12 students includes a complimentary drink and exhibition entry.

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Image: Ottavio and Rosita Missoni, 1984. Photograph by Giuseppe Pino.

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