VOGUE Italia fashion contributor Anna Piaggi died today in her Milan home. She was 81 years old.
A bastion of the fashion world and one of the front row’s most distinguishable faces, Piaggi was known for her unpredictable fantastical two-page spreads in Vogue Italia – which are thought to be a mainstay of the magazine. She was widely regarded as a true style icon, with a wardrobe full of flamboyant, vibrant clothes, her dyed-blue hair always falling over one eye and lips ever painted in bright colours.

Piaggi was born in Milan and began her career as a translator for publishing house The Mondadori Group, where she met her now-late husband – photographer Alfa Castaldi. She went onto work for magazines including Arianna, Vanity and Panorama, before joining Vogue Italia in the Sixties – her longest-running collaboration. She has served as muse to a diverse array of influential designers, from Manolo Blahnik and Karl Lagerfeld to Stephen Jones and the Dolce & Gabbana designers.

RIP – Anna Piaggi