On Thursday morning, the world woke to the sad news that Ottavio Missoni, founder of one of the world's most famous brands, had died at his home in Sumirago, Italy. He was 92.
In a statement, the brand said its founder passed peacefully, surrounded by his family. While no cause of death was given, WWD reported that Ottavio had been hospitalized for a cardiac impairment on May 1, but was released on the same day. It's another piece of sad news for one of fashion's most iconic families: just four months ago, Ottavio's son Vittorio vanished in a plane disappearance, and he has not been found.
Though there were sad moments in Ottavio's near century on Earth, there were also groundbreaking and iconic moments, too — both personally and professionally. In addition to being a skilled designer and textile innovator, Ottavio was also an Olympic athlete, a soldier, and one of the most elegant men in the world.
A look at his life and accomplishments, here in the gallery.