Krizia is a designer label and manufacturer of ladies' handbags, clothing, footwear and perfumes.[2] The ready-to-wear fashion label was established by Mariuccia Mandelli (31 January 1925 – 6 December 2015), a designer and entrepreneur, in 1954 in Milan, Italy.[3] She unveiled her first black-and-white collection at the Palazzo Pitti in Florence, Italy, in 1964, which earned her a Critica della Moda award.[3] Under Mandelli, Krizia rapidly expanded during the 1960s and 1970s.[3] In 1971, Krizia released a version of shorts cut "very short", an early form of hot pants.[3]

At its height, in the 1990s, the fashion house was doing half a billion dollars of annual business.[4] It was while at the helm of Krizia that Mandelli introduced the high fashion world to hot pants.[5][6]

In February 2014, Shenzhen Marisfrolg, a Chinese corporation, bought Krizia and Mandelli stepped down from a leadership role.[7]


KRIZIA, Spring and Fall 2007 collections, worn by model Marie de Villepin pseudonym Marie Steiss: