Milan bids addio to Krizia

Krizia's career spanned half a century.

An international icon of Milan’s fashion industry, Mariuccia Mandelli – better known as Krizia – has died in her adopted home city at the age of 90.

Born in Bergamo in 1925, Krizia moved early to Milan to open a fashion workshop after finishing her schooling in Switzerland. She exhibited in one of the first fashion shows ever presented to the public – rather than only to buyers – in 1957, and immediately won attention.

Her collection presented in 1964 in Florence was the first by a woman designer to win the “Critici della Moda” award.

Krizia’s 1971 launch of hot pants won her the sobriquet of “Crazy Krizia” in the US media.

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In 1986, President Cossiga named her Commendatore (Dame Commander) of the Republic, along with fellow-designers Giorgio Armani, Gianfranco Ferré, Gianni Versace and Valentino Garavani.

Her husband, Aldo Pinto, was at her side when she died. The funeral will be held in S. Angelo church on Via Moscova on Wednesday at 11.00.