LONG LIVE! GIANNI VERSACE!
- Born Gianni Versace on December 2, 1946 in Reggio Calabria, Italy.
- He was taught by his dressmaker mother, making his first dress aged nine in 1955.
- He presented his first Gianni Versace collection in 1978.
- With a keen eye for talent, he worked with top photographers such as Helmut Newton, Herb Ritts, Bruce Weber and Steven Meisel, and his favourite – Richard Avedon.
- He was also credited with creating the supermodel, by agreeing to pay high sums to Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford, Linda Evangelista and Christy Turlington.
- In 1982 he met his long-term partner Antonio D’Amico, with whom he enjoyed a 15 year relationship until his death.
- in 1989 he designed a line of haute couture for the first time. Also in 1989 he created costumes for the San Francisco Opera; a great enthusiast of the opera and ballet, Versace explored costume design as a side interest throughout his career.
- In 1993 Versace was diagnosed with a rare cancer of the inner ear. He battled this cancer successfully and then began to pass much of his business responsibilities onto his family.
- In 1997, the designer was tragically shot dead on the steps of his Miami home after arriving home from his usual morning walk.
- He left a fashion empire worth £500 million behind him, 50 per cent of which he left to his niece Allegra Versace for when she turned 18.
- His sister Donatella Versace, who was famously also his muse, took over as designer of the fashion house, while his brother Santo became CEO.
- In October 2002, he was honoured with a post-humous retrospective of his work at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London. The exhibition featured 138 of his most famous designs, as well as five by his sister Donatella.In July 2012, Donatella staged the label’s haute couture autumn/winter 2012 – 13 show at the Ritz Hotel, Paris, the last place she saw her brother alive. “It’s very important for me to face this. I’m afraid, my nerves are shot, yet I’m excited – but I can do it for me and for Gianni” said the designer. “This is a collection I think he would really like – it’s very rich.”
But there’s a lot more about him. This blog is not just enough to show it.
Let’s now proceed to some of his works that are really so fierce and high-fashion on his time. His most famous designs included sophisticated bondage gear, polyvinyl chloride baby-doll dresses, and silver-mesh toga.
Here they are! (Photos via Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and www.wikipedia.org)
I love this one!
This one too! I love!
Awesome designs right?! Impeccable just so gorgeous! Beyond! Well, what’s a fashion empire without its famous clients! Lets enumerate some of them wearing him!
She was personally chosen by Gianni to do this ad for Vogue.
Lady Gaga. Gaga has been a ever loyal client of Versace, although she didn’t knew Gianni personally, she was still able to wore him, here she is in Gianni’s work. Vintage it is!
Gaga wore this vintage bondage Gianni Versace ensemble for her “Edge of Glory” Video.