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Ottavio Missoni, patriarch of fashion brand Missoni, dies at 92

Ottavio and Rosita Missoni were warmly welcomed  to the catwalk in Milan in 1982.
Ottavio and Rosita Missoni were warmly welcomed to the catwalk in Milan in 1982.Credit: Associated Press

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MILAN — Ottavio Missoni, the patriarch of the iconic fashion brand of zigzag-patterned knitwear that helped launch Italian ready-to-wear and turn Milan into a fashion mecca, died Thursday just months after his eldest son disappeared without a trace. He was 92.

Mr. Missoni ‘‘passed away serenely’’ in his home in the town of Sumirago, north of Milan, where Missoni SpA is also based, the company said in a statement.

It was another sorrow for the family in a year that marks the 60th anniversary of their company’s founding, following the disappearance in January of the Missonis’ eldest child, company chief executive Vittorio Missoni.

The 58-year-old disappeared with his wife and four others while flying in a small plane during a vacation to a Venezuelan island. They were never found, and the cause of the disappearance remains a mystery.

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