Founded by the husband and wife team of Ottavio and Rosita Missoni in the 1950s, Missoni established its reputation on lightweight knit separates. Like their compatriots Pucci, Missoni designs have an easily recognizable look; colorful, geometric patterns of zig-zags, waves or thin stripes are nearly synonymous with the label. Though geometric patterns give a Missoni print its form, an unhesitating use of color draws the eye and holds it in place. Though Missoni modifies garment types and silhouettes based on fashion trends, the overall shape of the garment is almost secondary to its pattern. Fashion historians and critics have suggested that these iconic patterns have a visual relationship with early 20th century art movements including the Bauhaus, Constructivism and the Italian Futurists. In general, these artistic movements produced boldly colored art based on abstracted or angular geometric forms, characteristics shared by many Missoni patterns.
This crystal-pleated silk knit dress is woven with a horizontal band of gold. The painterly, multi-colored pattern is printed on the silk knit. This rainbow coloration is mirrored in the belt.