Margherita, 29, on Rosita, 81
I must have been five or six when I realised that my family were well known, but I was never aware that fashion was glamorous. Missoni is something that my grandparents created and I feel like it belongs to me – it’s as if it’s part of my own self. My grandma is definitely a risk-taker. Cutting knitwear and using it like fabric was something very new [in 1958]. She has just turned 81 and there’s never a time when she says no to something – it’s always possible. I am much closer to her than any of my cousins are, perhaps because I’m the eldest grandchild. She is like a second mother to me. We used to go mushroom-picking in the woods, or to flea markets, and I remember I once made her buy me two pairs of wellington boots because I wanted to wear one green and one pink. I couldn’t understand why you were forced to buy them both in the same colour. From the age of two until five I would wear different colours of the same shoe.
She didn’t spoil me though, she was very tough – that’s why nobody else liked to hang out with her! She wants the best for you, so there is a bit of pressure; I never wanted to disappoint her. Now, when I’m designing accessories, I’ll take pictures of paintings at an exhibition on my iPad and think, ‘That’s the perfect colour scheme for the next collection.’ She has an iPad too, so I send her the pictures, and pictures from my holidays. She has so much energy – I just try to keep up!