The Italian designer who conquered the global market with her soft, loose women’s clothes and luxurious prêt-à-porter, suffered the heart attack at her estate outside of Rome on Wednesday evening. Doctors have managed to resuscitate her but serious brain damage has occurred.
In 1988, she became the first Italian designer to put on a fashion show in China, presenting dresses and blouses in silk and cashmere, and in 1995 was the first to have a show inside the Kremlin walls in Moscow.
In her interview in the summer of 2015, for her fifty-year career, she pointed out that in recent years, fashion has seen a positive boost « linked to the Internet and social networks that have accelerated all communications and creativity ». At the same time, she considered « time » and « constancy » essential to ensure « the quality of production, as well as the craft processes and the transfer of know-how from one generation to another » .
Her husband, Gianni Cigna, who had also been her business partner, died of leukemia in 1996. And her daughter Lavinia, works as the creative director of the fashion house.