Marvellous Missoni

19 July 2009

Now, it may seem like I do a lot of shopping on this blog. This is very true. However, I occasionally search for other things to do with my time, something to provoke thought, rather than leave a hole in my wallet. After reading about the Missoni exhibition at the Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art, I thought that I'd better pay a much needed visit to Islington. I was pleasantly surprised, in fact, overwhelmed by all the knitspiration (I should patent that word) on offer, and it even managed to engage my non-knitting friend (though she didn't quite understand why I was so ecstatic to see a room full of yarn). I've discovered a new found respect for the Missoni label, and I recommend that you go if you're in London this Summer especially as it's free to students (even my friend managed to get in with an expired student card)! Cue a heavily edited photo heavy post.




I loved the patchwork jumpers of the mens collection, and it was great to see them close up. The Missoni's are partial to the 'Space' knitting technique, which is how they get an irregular mix of colour in some of their designs. It is said to be unplanned, like nature.


The exhibition really highlights the origins of the design house, and how its had to develop and reinvent itself throughout the years to reach its fabulous Autumn Winter collection. There was a really interesting documentary in one of the rooms, detailing the journey of the Missoni family, with the founders Ottavio and Rosita coming across as passionate and experimental, with a love of the irregular. Their home is definitely a place I'd love to visit, the complete opposite of minimalist, with eclectic inspiration crammed into every nook and cranny. Unfourtunately I couldn't find any images from the film, but I remember seeing a comical picture of the Missoni family in their crazy knits as well of some of their sketches. There are plenty of similar ones around the gallery.


I definitely want this retro poster on my wall...unfourtunately there wasn't a lot in the exhibition shop. Such a missed marketing oppurtunity.




Here is the aforementioned room full of yarn, very exciting as some were actual Missoni yarns. There's also a film showing a day in the life of an electronic knitting machine, as well as some drawings and Futurust inspiration.


Here's me trying to blend in.... Some of the knitted mannequins sit well alongside the existing Futurist artwork. Methinks this pattern would make a great knitted bodysuit. This exhibition has definitely got me thinking and I'm very glad I went and helped my friend to understand more about knitwear (my course takes a lot of explaining). I thoroughly recommend you bring your friends along, and all become as obsessed with knitting as I am.

There's probably going to be a lot more knitting related posts here, as I'm going to start a placement with Cooperative Designs next week, which I'm really excited about. Slightly worried as I haven't knitted anything for two months, but the colours and textures of this exhibition has got me all geared up for it, so hopefully it'll go well and I can learn a great deal. Definitely need to start making lists so I get more stuff done in the free time that I have. I'll let you know how it all goes...I need some new songs on my iPod for the long commute.

Hope the weather sorts itself out.

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19 comments:

  1. Love missoni, I must visit this! .x.

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  2. Thank you so much for posting about the Missoni exhibition! I live in Denmark so it would be a long trip to london! But thanks to you I got to see something!! Thanks!

    were there a good catalogue for the exhibition?

    ditte

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  3. I have to go and see this, I looks amazing! I had no idea it was on!

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  4. congrats on gettin a placement with the cooperative designs, i hear they are very nice and supportive! i've been working for mark fast for the past month now, its so much fun! time flies when your knitting

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  5. it's so easy to forget that missoni's been around a long time. thank u for sharing this...it was really interesting!

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  6. Such incredibly cool knits!!!

    xxx,

    Tiffany

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  7. Looks amazing, you're so lucky to have been able to see the exhibition, thanks for sharing all the pics.

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  8. i love missoni!
    the designs and patterns are incredible!

    http://momfashionworld.blogspot.com/

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  9. I adore allthe missoni prints, wish i had gone!

    XOXOX
    Libby
    http://fashionconfectionairy.weebly.com

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  10. missoni's awesome, love their clothes!!!

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  11. ohhh i am definitely going to that!

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  12. those are some absolutely crazy designs! I love that last sweater. It's blowing my mind away >.<

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  13. oh my gosh, this is so fantastic, i would killl to see this in person. i absolutely flip when fashion is featured in museums, since i'm constantly trying convince people around me that it's art. looking forward to hearing about your adventures in ny, dear!

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  14. That looks like such a cool exhibition! May have to check it outt...
    I've tried and failed to learn to knit properly for ages noww
    You've made me want to try to learn again :) LOL

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  15. Omg thats so cool! Looks a lot more exciting than regular exhibits. Also, thats really cool how you're moving to New York. Living In london must be cool to though.

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  16. That exhibition seems really interesting! I will be like you and gt super excited with the room full of yar, was some yarn for sale?? Imagine!

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  17. I love missoni so dearly, i've been trying to get a classic piece off ebay, but haven't found anything good/for a good price yet!

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