Renate Hirsch-Giacomuzzi

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Renate Hirsch-Giacomuzzi (* 1947 in Munich ; † May 9 or May 10, 2013 in Bolzano ) was a German society lady living in South Tyrol . It was because of their extravagant and eccentric robes as a fashionable piece of art and style - icon .


Hirsch-Giacomuzzi was born as Renate Hirsch in the Munich district of Schwabing as the daughter of the knitwear manufacturer Hirsch. She had never given precise information about her real age during her lifetime. In the 1950s, her father mass-produced knitwear, especially for mail order companies. She studied art history and lived as a student in a spacious roof terrace apartment in Munich's posh district of Bogenhausen. According to her own statements, she had already started as a child to "only wear Sunday clothes because she wanted to be beautiful". Later, her low-necked, tight-fitting and richly embroidered dresses became her trademark. Their clothes were reminiscent of past ages, and a. to the era of Empress Elisabeth of Austria or the Belle Époque . Die Welt am Sonntag wrote that Hirsch-Giacomuzzi had stylized herself as the “princess of her own fairy tale”. Their clothes were often attributed to the Cinderella look. In the 1960s she met the then largely unknown artist Andy Warhol at the Hôtel Ritz in Paris , who wanted to portray her. Hirsch-Giacomuzzi refused, however.

In 1996, the weekly magazine Der Spiegel listed her in a special edition on the subject of fashion among the 300 most famous haute couture customers worldwide.

Hirsch-Giacomuzzi was one of the "most dazzling figures of the society scene". Her appearances met with increased interest, especially in the tabloid press and tabloid magazines. For example, the German Film Ball , the Salzburg Festival and above all the Vienna Opera Ball should be mentioned here. She was also guest of honor at the Kaiserball in Innsbruck .

In 2005 and 2006 Hirsch-Giacomuzzi was portrayed by the artist and photographer Brigitte Niedermair , who accompanied Hirsch-Giacomuzzi for a year and photographed her at public appearances. Niedermair arranged the portraits as tableaux vivants . In November 2009, a total of 26 large-format photographs by Hirsch-Giacomuzzi were shown in an exhibition entitled “Madame Hirsch” in the Museion , the Bolzano Museum of Modern Art. The exhibition provoked some polemical reactions.

Hirsch-Giacomuzzi had been suffering from cancer since the beginning of 2013 . Her appearance at the Vienna Opera Ball 2013 in February 2013 was her last major public appearance. In one of her last public appearances, she wore a floor-length white mink coat , including a mini sequined dress and a fur muff and knee-high Pelzgamaschen with rhinestones. Patricia Riekel , editor-in-chief of Bunte magazine , described Hirsch-Giacomuzzi's appearance as a mixture of Lady Gaga and Snow White . In March 2013 she was still a guest in Aschau im Chiemgau at the celebrations for the 75th birthday of actor Christian Wolff . Hirsch-Giacomuzzi then withdrew from the public.

Hirsch was married to the South Tyrolean millionaire and entrepreneur Hans Giacomuzzi. After their marriage, Bolzano became their hometown. She was the mother of a son, Leander Giacomuzzi-Hirsch, who was a debutant at the Vienna Opera Ball. In recent years, Hirsch-Giacomuzzi was the partner of the Bolzano dentist Paul Mian, who was her companion at her society appearances and who lived with her and Giacomuzzi in the same house.

Her health had deteriorated in the weeks before her death. Hirsch-Giacomuzzi died on the night of May 9th to 10th, 2013 at the age of 65 after a short serious illness in the central hospital in Bolzano . The funeral service for Hirsch-Giacomuzzi took place on May 14, 2013 in Bolzano Cathedral .

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Individual evidence

  1. a b c d e Renate Hirsch is dead ( Memento from January 29, 2015 in the Internet Archive ) Death report in: Neue Südtiroler Tageszeitung from May 11, 2013. Accessed on January 29, 2015
  2. Renate Hirsch-Giacomuzzi: Society Lady died after illness. Death report in BUNTE from May 10, 2013. Retrieved on January 29, 2013
  3. a b c d e f Princess for one night in: Welt am Sonntag, December 26, 2004. Retrieved January 29, 2015
  4. a b c d e f Madame Hirsch - Death of a Fairytale Princess ( Memento from January 29, 2015 in the Internet Archive ) in: HYPE Magazine from May 27, 2013. Accessed on January 29, 2015
  5. a b Renate Hirsch Giacomuzzi is dead ( Memento from January 29, 2015 in the Internet Archive ) Südtirol-News from May 10, 2013. Accessed on January 29, 2015.
  6. ^ Wiener Opernball 2006. Kampf der Dekolletés in Focus from February 24, 2006. Accessed on January 29, 2015
  7. a b c d Christine Helfer: On the death of Renate Hirsch-Giacomuzzi. A strong idea of ​​life of your own . of May 10, 2013. Retrieved January 29, 2015
  8. a b c Shrill appearance, silent farewell in BUNTE on May 16, 2013. Retrieved on January 29, 2013