"It is a moment, an expression. My philosophy of fashion is humour, jokes and games. I make my own rules. I never pick up something and just throw it on my back like that. There's a little bit of study, and it's always better if I think about what I'm going to wear the night before the next day. And what is to be avoided at all costs is the twinset look, the total look."
I had seen her in photos at fashion shows sitting front row but never questioned her relevance. She obviously dressed on the wild side but in the fashion world that is the norm. Not until her death did I realize what an icon she was. All the big designers were putting out statements of grief and sadness which led me to ask "Why would she be so missed?". So I did a little googling.
Anna Piaggi passed away in Milan at the age of 81. She was a fashion writer most known for her unpredictable two page spread in Italian Vogue. She also wrote for many other magazines and published a book called Fashion Algebra. She was a muse to Karl Lagerfeld which gave me an aha moment due to their obsession with hats. She was a collector of clothing and shoes, so much so, her wardrobe will be on permanent display in Milan at the Fabbrica Del Vapore. My favorite tidbit I read was about this night she was to attend a ball. She had purchased a dead white dove to hang on a chain around her neck. Around midnight someone she had been speaking to notified her that the dove had begun to bleed on her gown. She did not act surprised or embarrassed. She simply said "It's time for Cinderella to leave the ball." and calmly exited.
Now, I'm not writing about Anna to simply educate the world on who this woman was. I chose to write about this particular woman because she made me think. She was not just a woman who wore outlandish frocks, had blue hair and wore tiny hats. Often times as people age they grow out of their phases of being goth, punk, hipster or whatever it may be but for Anna it was not a phase. For her it was fun. She absolutely loved having fun with fashion and she was not afraid. I don't believe she dressed that way for attention. She did it for herself. This lead me to ask myself if I dress how I REALLY want to dress or do I dress for others? Am I authentically me? If everyone is unique how shall I set my self apart from the masses?
These are not questions that can be answered over night so I will leave you with these thoughts and come back to this topic again. Until then I leave you with this question: What sets you apart?
"It's the theory of queenship that I dream of. I love the atmosphere, the clothes... I never think of money, just style and power. My nature has always been to be superficial."