Mariuccia Mandelli, the founder of Krizia—one of the oldest ready-to-wear brands in Italy—passed away Sunday evening at the age of 90.
“She played a central role in shaping Milan’s ready-to-wear. She was very, very talented. Her archives are an example of innovation on materials, the shapes of her designs exceptional," Mario Boselli, honorary chairman of the Italian Chamber of Fashion, said in WWD. "I am glad that the Krizia brand was sold in time and that it will continue to live on."
The fashion house's illustrious history can be traced as far back as 1954 and has shaped the Italian fashion landscape since its inception. As of last year, Krizia has been owned by Shenzhen Marisfrolg Fashion Company, but back in its heyday (circa the '80s and '90s), when Mandelli and her husband Aldo Pinto were at the helm, Krizia was a $500 million business. Also important to note: The brand was once designed by fashion luminaries like Karl Lagerfeld, Giambattista Valli, and Alber Elbaz. "I liked her and her husband very much," said Elbaz, who called Mandelli one of the top designers of the 1980s, WWD reports. "They were like grandmother and grandfather, really great people."