Anna Molinari

Giulia Bussinello

Designer Biography

DOI: 10.5040/9781474260428-FPA082

Anna Molinari was born in 1958 in Carpi, in the province of Modena, Italy, to a family of industrialists who produced knitwear. At the end of the 1970s, together with her husband Gianpaolo Tarabini Castellani, Molinari founded Blumarine, a line of ready-to-wear knitwear that was officially presented in 1980 at Modit, Milan, an important fair for the sector and where she was awarded a prize for being the best creator of the year.

The 1980s marked the beginning of the brand’s expansion. In 1981 its first fashion show was organized in Via Manzoni, Milan; this was followed by the launch of the Miss Blumarine collection for girls from four to fourteen years old, and by its incorporation into Blufin, a company owned by the family (of which Blumarine is its leading brand). A further two lines were established in 1995: Anna Molinari, an innovative and experimental collection directed until 2008 by Anna’s daughter Rossella Tarabini, and Blugirl, created for young, romantic, yet rather irreverent women. The Home line was started up in 1992. Anna Molinari is known as the “queen of the roses” because of her passion for these sensual flowers; over the years the fashion designer has managed to create a unique style that plays with female sensuality through the creation of highly feminine garments with precious detailing.

In 2004 Anna Molinari was awarded a prize for her career achievements by the Camera di Moda, Milan, and the Premio Marisa Bellisario award for being a world ambassador for Italian products.

After the death of Anna’s husband Gianpaolo Tarabini, their son Gianguido was nominated as the new general director of Blufin. Their daughter Rossella supervises the advertising campaigns which, from the 1990s until today, have involved such first-rate artists as Helmut Newton, Juergen Teller, Ellen von Unwerth, and Peter Lindberg, and such top models as Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford, Eva Herzigova, Helena Christensen, Carla Bruni, and Monica Bellucci.

Anna Molinari, Fall/Winter 1996 Photograph by Niall McInerney, Fashion Photography Archive

References and Further Reading

Find in Library Bianchino Gloria et al., eds. La moda italiana . Milan : Electa, 1987.

Blufin. Website. .

Blumarine. Website. .

Find in Library Gastel Minnie. 50 anni di moda italiana: breve storia del prêt-à-porter . Milan : Vallardi, 1995.

Find in Library Gnoli Sofia. Un secolo di moda italiana: 1900–2000 . Rome : Meltemi, 2005.

Find in Library Vergani Guido , ed. Dizionario della moda . Milan : Baldini Castoldi Dalai, 2009.