May 25, 2017 by Chris Kilkus
Laura Biagiotti Hospitalized After Cardiac Arrest
MILAN – Laura Biagiotti has been hospitalized in Rome after suffering cardiac arrest. Her condition is reported as very serious.
The Italian designer in 2015 marked the 50th year of her namesake company with a runway show that closed with a reinterpretation of a 1979 floral print on billowy linen dresses with black lace trims. “I never would have thought to one day celebrate a jubilee with fashion,” said Biagiotti backstage at the time, flanked by her daughter Lavinia, who is vice president of the family-owned group. “But fashion is a métier that never ends, just as it is for a writer.”
The designer has been living and working in the Roman countryside since 1980, as she transferred her headquarters to Castello Marco Simone, an 11th-century national monument that she and her husband, the late Gianni Cigna, restored. The castle also houses one of Europe’s most famous golf courses, the Marco Simone Golf & Country Club.
The company was established in Rome in 1965 by her mother Delia Soldaini Biagiotti as a tailoring atelier and its uniforms were worn by Alitalia flight attendants at the time. After producing a collection under the Via Veneto 7 label, which helped to build the company’s success in