- Nancy Deihl
(b Abbiategrasso, Feb 27, 1950; d Annone, Sept 18, 1994).
Italian fashion designer (see fig.). Moschino is known for an irreverent, humorous approach to fashion. At various times in his short career, Moschino declared that fashion was ‘ill’, ‘fascist’ and ‘the stupidest, most absurd and amusing thing around. Or it should be’. With a notable lack of respect for buyers, press and other designers, and a portfolio of looks that included a suit with knives, forks and spoons for buttons; plush teddy bears forming a ‘fur’ collar on a well-tailored coat; and a man’s shirt, shaped like a straitjacket, with the slogan ‘For fashion victims only’ written boldly on the back, Moschino was known as fashion’s ‘bad boy’.
Moschino was born in the industrial town of Abbiategrasso, near Milan, where his family had an iron foundry. His father died when Moschino was seven. After a childhood in which he felt isolated from his peers and drew incessantly, he attended the Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera in Milan from ...