This year the Flight of the Angel - as the traditional start to carnival is known in Venice - was performed by the heiress to the Missoni fashion family
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Margherita wore a dress and wings specially created for the event by the clan's firm
Photo: Rex

Margherita Missoni launches Venice carnival in high style

18 FEBRUARY 2009
Margherita Missoni, of the famed Milanese fashion family, was the star attraction when she helped Venice's annual carnival get under way.

The glamorous 25-year-old - who is an ambassador for the clan's distinctive knitwear brand - thrilled crowds when she enacted the Flight of the Angel, the traditional start to two weeks of colourful festivities.

Hanging from a cable tied to the bell tower at St Mark's Square and wearing a billowing Missoni-designed dress and angel wings, the fashion heiress saluted the 100,000 revellers who'd gathered in the piazza below.

The custom, which dates back to the 18th-century, gets underway the extravanganza which will take over the Italian city in the run-up to Ash Wednesday.

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