A third-generation member of a fashion dynasty, Margherita Maccapani Missoni has grown up without the distinction between clothes for pleasure and clothes for professional pursuit. Since her youth she has been a muse to her mother – Angela Missoni, the Maison’s Creative Director – and a brand ambassador, and in 2006 became the face of Missoni Profumi. Feeling a need to create some space between herself and her family, she moved to New York to study philosophy at Columbia University and to attend the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute. But in the end it only drew her closer to the family business: returning to Europe more comfortable in her skin, she designed the sleek, modernist A/W10 accessories for Missoni womenswear. Lina Scheynius and Katie Shillingford spent a day with Margherita in the Italian countryside at her grandmother Rosita Missoni’s home, photographing her in the environment she knows best. A few days later, just as she was settling into her new apartment in Milan, we spoke to her about officially designing for the first time and how that fits into the context of her family experience.