Anna Piaggi dies aged 81: Dita Von Teese leads fashion world tributes


Dita Von Teese leads fashion world tributes after legendary Italian fashion icon Anna Piaggi dies aged 81

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07:52 GMT, 8 August 2012

Dita Von Teese has led the tributes to Anna Piaggi after the Italian style icon died at the age of 81.

Piaggi, a fashion journalist, who was famous in the industry for her pale blue hair and eccentric style, passed away at her Milan home earlier today.

Ms Von Teese, the burlesque dancer, took to Twitter to speak of her sadness over the icon's death.

Character: Fashion journalist Anna Piaggi, seen above at Milan Fashion Week in January, has died at the age of 81. The star, who was adored by some of the fashion industry's biggest players, passed away in her Milan home

Character: Fashion journalist Anna Piaggi, seen above at Milan Fashion Week in January, has died at the age of 81. The star, who was adored by some of the fashion industry's biggest players, passed in her Milan home

She wrote: 'So sad to hear that Anna Piaggi, one of my last icons of beauty and fashion has passed. She was the height of glamorous eccentricity'.

The wacky personality made blue hair famous well before Katy Perry and the like were even born.

Franca Sozzani, the editor of Italian
Vogue magazine, for whom Piaggi penned a column entitled, D.P. Doppie
Pagine di Anna Piaggi, also wrote her own tribute on the social
networking site.

Unique style: The big personality, seen above, penned a fashion column in the pages of Italian Vogue magazine

Unique style: The big personality, seen above, penned a fashion column in the pages of Italian Vogue magazine

Unique style: The big personality, seen above, penned a fashion column in the pages of Italian Vogue magazine

Admired: The style icon (right) attended Milan Fashion Week on the arm of Icon magazine's fashion director Andrea Tenerani (left). She was rarely seen out and about without that blue hair flying about

Admired: The style icon (right) attended Milan Fashion Week on the arm of Icon magazine's fashion director Andrea Tenerani (left). She was rarely seen out and about without that blue hair flying about

It reads, in Italian: '23 years working together, millions of D.P. done together. Will remember you for ever Anna'.

Anna
was credited with introducing vintage fashion to Italy and was a
celebrated fashion writer who contributed extensively to the magazine.

In
2006, London's Victoria & Albert museum celebrated her inimitable
style by staging an exhibition, 'Anna Piaggi Fashion-ology'.

Tribute: The burlesque dancer tweeted about her sadness, above

Tribute: The burlesque dancer tweeted about her sadness, above

Friends in high places: Japan Vogue editor Anna Dello Russo also tweeted a tribute

Friends in high places: Japan Vogue editor Anna Dello Russo also tweeted

Italian: Ms Sozanni's tweet reads: 23 years working together, millions of D.P. done together. Will remember you for ever Anna'. Piaggi had worked on a column with the stylish editor of Italian Vogue for many years

Italian: Ms Sozanni's tweet reads: 23 years working together, millions of D.P. done together. Will remember you for ever Anna'. Piaggi had worked on a column with the stylish editor of Italian Vogue for many years

Fan: Dita Von Teese, pictured, was just of her celebrity admirers who took to Twitter to express their grief

Fan: Dita Von Teese, pictured, was just of her celebrity admirers who took to Twitter to express their grief

It exhibited her personal clothes
archive, highlighting her extensive collection of vintage couture and
designer clothing including garments by Balenciaga, Fendi, Galliano and
Poiret.

It also featured a collection of treasured hats.

She said at the time of the exhibition: 'English hat makers for me are really the best – and I feel better if I have a good hat on.'

She also featured in the documentary Bill Cunningham: New York.

She was described by the famed fashion photographer during the film as a 'fine poet in clothes'.

She counted industry heavyweights such as Karl Lagerfeld, Vivienne Westwood, Stella McCartney, Stefano Gabbana and Manolo Blahnik as close friends.

Elizabeth and James, a fashion line from the Olsen twins, tweeted this morning: 'One of my favourite things about Anna Piaggi – she used the same red Olivetti typewriter for 40 yrs. Personal style down to every detail. #RIP'

It is clear that she had truly left her footprint on the world she had adored so much.

Mr Gabbana tweeted a picture of Piaggi from his own personal snaps.

British milliner Stephen Jones paid tribute to Piaggi, telling The Associated Press that she had served as his 'guiding light and inspiration'.

He also praised her for her 'effervescence and inventiveness' in the statement

The milliner, who has designed hats for British royalty as well as many celebrities, recalled how Piaggi would call him and 'say “Ah, Stephen, I am doing a wonderful thing and I need a new hat”.'