Versace, Gianni

(1946-1997)
   Born in Reggio di Calabria, Italy, Versace grew up playing at his mother's couture business. Although he studied architecture and music, his true passion was for fashion. During the 1960s, Versace opened two shops (one for men, one for women) in his hometown, which is where the president of Genny Group saw his work; he moved him to Milan to design the Genny line and later Complice. In 1978, Versace opened Versace Atelier Collection, his signature company, catering to the celebrities and highly successful modern women and men. In 1989, he launched Versus, which was designed by his sister Donatella Versace. Versace is best known for his drop-dead eveningwear, elegant ready-to-wear, his Medusa logo, and a flair for all things Baroque. In addition to clothing, he created accessories, eyewear, home products, and, in 1995, launched his perfume, Blonde, named after his sister/muse, Donatella. Among Versace's awards and exhibitions include a show in 1985 at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, and the Council of Fashion Designers of America award for his contribution to fashion in 1993. Versace also designed costumes for Salome at the La Scala Opera house and the 1991 production of Capriccio at the Royal Opera House. Tragically in 1997, Versace was shot dead in front of his Miami home, which left Donatella with creative responsibility and his brother, Santo, the company's CEO, to run the business. Immediately following his death, the Metropolitan Museum of Art paid tribute to him with one of the largest exhibitions of a designer's work. In 2002, a major retrospective of his work was presented at the Victoria and Albert Museum, The Art and Craft of Gianni Versace. Pieces from his collections included Elizabeth Hurley's 1994 "Medusa-headed safety pin dress," his signature gold metal mesh evening gowns, his fantastically sexy leather pieces, and his signature prints. In 2004, when Donatella's daughter Allegra turned eighteen, she inherited $700 million and assumed majority control of the vast Versace empire.
   See also Versace, Donatella.

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  • Versace, Gianni — born Dec. 2, 1946, Reggio Calabria, Italy died July 15, 1997, Miami Beach, Fla., U.S. Italian fashion designer. He was born to a dressmaker mother. After working for several Italian ateliers in Milan, in 1978 Versace established his own company,… …   Universalium

  • Versace, Gianni — (2 dic. 1946, Reggio Calabria, Italia–15 jul. 1997, Miami Beach, Fla., EE.UU.). Diseñador de modas italiano. Hijo de una madre costurera, luego de trabajar en varios talleres italianos en Milán, en 1978 fundó su propia compañía, Gianni Versace… …   Enciclopedia Universal

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  • Versace (disambiguation) — Versace may refer to:*Allegra Versace (b. 1986), the daughter of Donatella Versace *Donatella Versace (b. 1955), Italian fashion designer, sister of Gianni Versace *Gianni Versace S.p.A. Italian clothier, founded in 1978. *Gianni Versace (1946… …   Wikipedia

  • Gianni Versace — Versace, Gianni (1946 1997). Diseñador de moda Nació en Calabria, Italia, donde trabajó como aprendiz en el taller de su madre, convirtiéndose después en uno de los mayores hitos de la moda. Su estilo innovador incluía materiales como el caucho y …   Enciclopedia Universal

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  • Versace, Donatella — (1955 )    Born in Reggio di Calabria, Italy, she is one of one of four children. Her father was a businessman to Italian aristocrats and her mother was a seamstress. She attended Florence University and studied languages but soon assumed the… …   Historical Dictionary of the Fashion Industry

  • Gianni Versace — (* 2. Dezember 1946 in Reggio Calabria, Italien; † 15. Juli 1997 in Miami Beach) war ein italienischer Modeschöpfer und Gründer des Modeunternehmens Versace. Inhaltsverzeichnis 1 Frühe Jahre 2 Tätigkeit als Designer …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Gianni Versace — Gianni Versace, né le 2 décembre 1946 à Reggio de Calabre, et mort le 15 juillet 1997 à Miami Beach, était un grand couturier italien. Sommaire 1 Biographie 2 Gianni Versace S.p.A. Group 3 Référe …   Wikipédia en Français

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