Anna Piaggi Hats

The late fashion icon Anna Piaggi wore many hats in her career. As Vogue Italia’s contributing editor and longtime muse to Karl Lagerfeld, she has been credited with bringing vintagewear to the Italian fashion market and inspiring readers with her innovative double-page editorials. But Piaggi is probably most recognized for the hats she donned on her blue-tinted head each day. She displayed her outlandish and cheeky headpieces, “back-to-front, upside-down,” or would “pin on a jewel, add a veil,” says friend and milliner Stephen Jones, for whom Anna once chopped off all of her hair to make a canvas hat display.

In an exhibition entitled Hat-ology, Jones will show the Milanese editor’s copious hat collection during Milan Fashion Week, with pieces ranging from McDonalds baseball caps to Chanel Couture. With a playfulness characteristic of Anna and her vibrant style, she has dubbed her hats, “a halo of happiness.”

The show will open on September 22 at the Palazzo Morando in Milan.

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MILAN: Anna Piaggi and her hats