|In February, a model showed a design by Mila Schoen in Milan. (Antonio Calanni/associated press)|
Mila Schoen, 91; Italian fashion designer was dubbed the 'signora of elegance'
ROME - Mila Schoen, an Italian designer of elegant, impeccably tailored clothes, died early yesterday at her villa in northern Italy at the age of 91.
Her fashion house in Milan said Ms. Schoen died in her sleep at her country home near Alessandria.
Ms. Schoen began her career in 1958 working in a high-fashion atelier in Milan. Eight years later she opened her own boutique on Milan's Via Montenapoleone, one of the city's most chic shopping streets.
Her designs were timeless expressions of quiet elegance, and led to her being dubbed the "signora of elegance." Her fashion house described her vision of clothes as one of "luxury without glitter."
Milan's Palazzo Reale exhibition hall has been planning a retrospective of 50 years of Ms. Schoen's work that will open soon.
Many of society's well-heeled women, in Italy and abroad, wore her creations, including Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. In the age of jet-setters, Ms. Schoen designed a sharp-looking uniform, complete with sober-looking hats, for flight attendants for Alitalia, Italy's flagship airline.
As her career progressed, her creations grew more geometric, even futuristic looking, and were considered fashion-world examples of cubism.
One of her designs made the model look as though she were snuggled inside a rosebud, with perfectly symmetrical petals of fabric.