People We Love: Anna Piaggi

Anna Piaggi is a bit of a spectacle, and she wouldn’t have it any other way. She has a flair for the theatrical, from her technicolor wardrobe to the outrageous hats she wears over her signature blue ‘do. Suffice to say, we love her.

The iconic fashionista worked at Vogue Italia in the ’70s, reporting on British fashion. She spent the majority of the next decade as editor-in-chief of cult fashion mag Vanity. As far as her editorial career is concerned, she is perhaps best known for the Doppie Pagine (or Double Pages) she’s published in Vogue Italia for over 20 years. She even compiled her greatest spreads for a book entitled Fashion Algebra. And as if her impressive body of work doesn’t give her enough fashion cred, she counts Manolo Blahnik among her closest friends.

In 2006, the Victoria & Albert Museum put together an exhibit showcasing her stunning archive — including the red manual typewriter she famously uses to this day. At the time her collection included 2,865 dresses, 265 pairs of shoes, 31 feather boas — and 932 hats. She posits, “I feel better if I have a good hat on.”

Videos of Anna are hard to come by (and the ones that do exist feature her mute or speaking in Italian), but we did find one of her getting down on the dance floor. It’s amazing. Watch below and check out the Anna Piaggi lookbook we assembled!

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