Aug 08, 2012 10:25AM

RIP Anna Piaggi

The longtime Vogue Italia contributor and fashion icon has died at age 81.

Anna Piaggi, incredible fashion journalist and excellent wearer of weird hats, has died at age 81. Vogue Italia confirmed the news, which broke after her close friend Stefano Gabbanna tweeted, "RIP Anna Piaggi... :((((( ciao grande Anna!!!" She passed away yesterday at her home in Milan, but the cause of death has not yet been publicised. 

 
Karl Lagerfeld once wrote "Anna invents fashion" (you know that shit's legit when the Kaiser calls it) and Bill Cunningham described her as "a fine poet with clothes" in his documentary Bill Cunningham New York. Earlier this year, Marc Jacobs partly based his FW12 collection on the Italian fashion icon's signature style.
 
 
Anna was the editor of Ariadne magazine in the 60s, and worked with avant-garde magazine Vanity in the 80s. She is, however, best known for her longstanding contributions to Vogue Italia, in particular her double-page spreads (according to The Guardian, she created 6500 pages of editorial throughout her tenure). Franca Sozzani, Vogue Italia Editor-In-Chief, tweeted ten hours ago, "23 years of working together, thousands of D.P. [double page spreads] realised together. You will always be remembered Anna."
 
 
Other industry types have also weighed in on Twitter:
"RIP Anna Piaggi... I never really had style heroines until I learnt about her at the V&A Fashion-ology exhibtion." — Susie Bubble
"Did i just wake up to find out anna piaggi died???? that makes me more than sad… A TRUE 1 of kind w/ style & substance. not like todays faux." — W Editor Lori Goldstein
"You told me once 'fashion should be fun. let's make fashion fun again!' love you anna. RIP Anna Piaggi." — Nicola Formichetti
"RIP Anna Piaggi, the Italian fashion editor who's fabulous, often ridiculous, always inimitable front row perch was always an inspiration." — Derek Blasberg
"I will miss forever Anna Piaggi!!!" — Anna Dello Russo
 
 
 
 

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