Gianni Versace
Italian couturier
Gianni Versace
Gianni Versace was an Italian fashion designer and founder of Gianni Versace S.p.A. , an international fashion house, which produces accessories, fragrances, makeup and home furnishings as well as clothes. He also designed costumes for the theatre and films, and was a friend of Madonna, Elton John, Cher, Sting, and Diana, Princess of Wales among many others. Openly gay, Versace and his partner Antonio D'Amico were regulars on the international party scene.
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Lady Gaga Rumored To Play Donatella Versace In 'American Crime Story' Season 3
Huffington Post - 4 months
Lady Gaga was born this way ... and by born this way we mean born to play Donatella Versace in a hard-hitting crime anthology series created by Ryan Murphy. It looks like everyone’s collective gay dream might come true, because US Weekly is reporting that Gaga has been tapped to play the legendary couture designer in the third installment of “American Crime Story.” The 10-episode season will reportedly cover the 1997 murder of Gianni Versace, Donatella’s beloved brother, at the hands of notorious serial killer Andrew Cunanan. In an emailed response to The Huffington Post, a representative for FX said “no casting deals have been done yet,” but a source reportedly confirmed to US Weekly that Gaga is all in.  Murphy even hinted at her casting during Entertainment Weekly‘s PopFest in October, agreeing that Gaga would be “the perfect Donatella.” “Ya think?” Murphy reportedly told the crowd with a grin, according to EW. The second season of “American Crime ...
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'American Crime Story' Season 3 will take on Versace's death
CNN - 4 months
FX's "American Crime Story" will center on the tragic murder of famed fashion designer Gianni Versace in its just-announced third season.
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Versace responds to reports of FX's 'American Crime Story' depicting Gianni Versace's murder
LATimes - 4 months
Following a Deadline report that a new 10-episode “American Crime Story” will be dedicated to Gianni Versace’s murder in Miami in 1997, the Milan-based company on Wednesday pointed out that the installment is fictional.  Asked to comment on the news, the fashion house said it had “neither authorized...
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Versace responds to reports of FX's 'American Crime Story' depicting Gianni Versace's murder
LATimes - 4 months
Following a Deadline report that a new 10-episode “American Crime Story” will be dedicated to Gianni Versace’s murder in Miami in 1997, the Milan-based company on Wednesday pointed out that the installment is fictional.  Asked to comment on the news, the fashion house said it had “neither authorized...
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'American Crime Story' Season 3 will take on Versace's death
CNN - 4 months
FX's "American Crime Story" will center on the tragic murder of famed fashion designer Gianni Versace in its just-announced third season.
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10 of the World's Most Beautiful Cities
The Huffington Post - over 1 year
By College Tourist; Author: Brooke Stafford, Pennsylvania State University Experience the beauty of these magnificent cities. Zanzibar, Tanzania Zanzibar is as magical as it's name alludes. Surrounded by miles of turquoise sea and palm-packed beaches, this timeless and cultural city allures travelers from across the world. Zanzibar's historical center city, Stone Town, is a fascinating maze of winding lanes, where stone houses and mosques line the streets, as do wonderful cafes, restaurants, shops and bazaars. Zanzibar image and text credit to: Julia Wiesmann Sarajevo, Bosnia Sarajevo, the capital and largest city in Bosnia and Herzegovina, has a dreamlike authenticity. Sarajevo is nestled in the Alps, and sits on the Miljacka river. It is overflowing with with beautiful mosques, churches, and historical architecture as well as local shops and stalls selling merchandise. What makes this city extremely unique is the evidence of past wars that remains. Shells of buil ...
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100 Ways to Celebrate Miami Beach's 100th Birthday
Huffington Post - almost 2 years
The Edison hotel in Miami Beach opened in 1935 and is a landmark in the Art Deco district. Photo by Patrick Farrell for VISIT FLORIDA Miami Beach turns 100 in 2015 and the centennial year is the perfect time to explore "America's Riviera." To help you get the party started, we present this list of 100 things to do on your visit. Want to add your favorite Miami Beach vista, venue or experience to the list? Tell us about it in the Conversations section below! 1. Start the party early with mimosas and drag queens at The Palace's famous drag show brunch. 2. Take a narrated Historic Art Deco District tour by foot or bike. See stunning architectural landmarks from the 1920s and beyond and hear the interesting stories behind them. Tour the Historic Art Deco District and see architectural landmarks like the Marlin Hotel, built in 1939 by famed Florida architect Lawrence Murray Dixon. Patrick Farrell for VISIT FLORIDA 3. Crack open some fresh claws at the 100-year-old Joe's ...
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Versace Dressed for Success in 2014
Wall Street Journal - almost 2 years
Gianni Versace’s 2014 revenue and profit rose by double-digits amid the Italian fashion house’s efforts to reach a wider customer base in both emerging and mature markets.
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How Gina Gershon Became Donatella Versace
Huffington Post - over 3 years
This Saturday marks the premiere of Lifetime’s latest film, "House of Versace." Based on Deborah Ball’s book, House of Versace: The Untold Story of Genius, Murder, and Survival, the film gives an in-depth look at Donatella Versace’s life in the years after her brother and renowned designer Gianni Versace was shot and killed at the height of the brand’s success. It follows Donatella, played by Gina Gershon, as she falls into a world of drugs, disorder, and chaos. And even though Versace recently told WWD, “Since Versace did not authorize the book on which it is based, the movie should only be seen as a work of fiction,” actress Gina Gershon still had a very large task in front of her when she took on the part: Playing a well-known public figure with a very distinct look.
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Versace Movie On Lifetime Is A 'Work Of Fiction,' Says Versace Company Rep
Huffington Post - over 3 years
If you've got plans this Saturday night, cancel them -- you're watching "House of Versace" on Lifetime. You may have heard that Lifetime was turning the life of the late Gianni Versace and his sister, Donatella, into a movie, and you might have seen the photos of Gina Gershon transformed in her blonde Donatella wig. But if that wasn't incentive enough to turn your TV to Lifetime this Saturday night, here's a new tidbit: The Versace family is not happy about the movie. The company said in a statement to Women's Wear Daily: "Versace has neither authorized nor had any involvement whatsoever in the forthcoming TV movie about Mrs. Versace... Since Versace did not authorize the book on which it is based, the movie should only be seen as a work of fiction." Which, of course, only makes us want to watch it more. The movie's plot is based on a book, "House of Versace: The Untold Story of Genius, Murder, and Survival" by Deborah Ball, rather than original interviews with Donatella or he ...
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Miley Cyrus’s ’23′ Video: What She Saved on Fabric, She Spent on Jewelry
People Magazine - over 3 years
You know how you have that $1,600 gold anklet and you just don’t know what in your closet to pair it with? Fortunately, Miley Cyrus is here to solve all your wardrobe dilemmas. In the very fashion-forward video for ’23,’ her collaboration with Mike WiLL Made-It (watch the whole thing below), she shows that the best way to style it is with a bikini made out of Michael Jordan’s Bulls jersey, spike heels and extra tongue exposure. To be fair, the vintage Chanel charm bracelet isn’t strictly meant to be worn around your ankle — that’s a Cyrus touch. But if you’re sold on the look, you can purchase your own at Depuis 1924, which also provided Cyrus with several other accessories (like the $3,400 Chanel leather bangle seen above). In the gym, you can spot Cyrus sporting a pair of $650 vintage Gianni Versace sunnies and an Hermès watch worth about $2,400. All in all, that’s $8,450 spent on four accessories alone — which we estimate is about $8,435 more than she had to spend on her out ...
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Versace Mansion Could Become An Apple Store Or Victoria's Secret, New Owners Say (VIDEO)
Huffington Post - over 3 years
MIAMI BEACH -- We're sure Apple fanatics wouldn't mind standing in line outside the Versace mansion for the iPhone 6, but other locals may not be cool with the area's flagship property undergoing a retail conversion. The new owners of the slain fashion designer's former estate are discussing the possibility of turning the iconic Ocean Drive home into a retail space, possibly including an Apple store or a Victoria's Secret, according to The Real Deal. Last week, an investment arm of the Nakash family of Jordache Jeans placed the winning bid of $41.5 million in a cut throat bankruptcy auction. Representatives had originally said they hoped to use Versace's name and legacy in rebranding the property as a luxury boutique hotel. But Jon Bennett, the director of real estate for the family's holdings, has said that converting part of the property into a luxury retail space is an attractive idea. “I think this could be an incredible retail flag location,” he told TRD. Bennett sugg ...
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Weekly Roundup of eBay Vintage Clothing Finds
Huffington Post - over 3 years
No time to page through thousands of eBay listings? Then just sneak a peek at my weekly eBay roundup of top vintage clothing finds. This eclectic mix of designer and non-designer vintage clothing and accessories caught my discerning eye because of its uniqueness, contemporary feel and highly collectible nature. As always, buyer beware! Be sure to read the listings closely and contact the sellers with any questions. This week's selections include pieces by Tano, Goldworm, Waltah Clark, Dorothy O'Hara, Lilli Ann, YSL and Estevez. Be sure not to miss the vintage Rosenfeld zodiac purse, the vintage 1950s Catalina gingerbread swimsuit, the vintage Gucci plaid riding jacket and the vintage 1992 Gianni Versace Couture silk skirt. GET READY, GET SET, BID!!! (Click on Pic for More Info and Auction Links) Which item is your favorite? Leave me a comment below to let me know. To receive the eBay Roundup of Vintage Clothing Finds via email, along with exclusive BONUS Roundups, sig ...
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VIDEO: Versace's Former Miami Mansion Sells for $41.5 Million at Auction
Artinfo - over 3 years
VIDEO: Versace's Former Miami Mansion Sells for $41.5 Million at Auction One of America’s landmark homes, the Miami Beach mansion that once belonged to Italian fashion designer Gianni Versace, was sold at an auction for $41.5 million to a business group that includes the owners of the Jordache jeans brand. The 1930s-era Mediterranean-style estate, which has 10 bedrooms, 11 bathrooms and a pool inlaid with 24-karat gold, was auctioned off as part of a bankruptcy proceeding by its current owner, telecom magnate Peter Loftin. Bidding opened at $25.5 million and the winning offer was made by the current mortgage holders of the property, VM South Beach, a company affiliated with New York's Nakash family, which controls Jordache Enterprises. The group beat out two other bidders, including billionaire Donald Trump and a Florida developer who owns the Palm Beach Polo and Country Club. Potential buyers participated in a poolside auction at the three-story mansion on Miami's Ocean Dr ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Gianni Versace
    FIFTIES
  • 1997
    Age 50
    In September 1997, the media announced that Versace's brother, Santo, and Jorge Saud would serve as the new CEOs of Gianni Versace S.p.A. Versace's sister, Donatella, became the new head of design.
    More Details Hide Details In his will, Gianni Versace left 50% of his fashion empire to his niece Allegra Versace. Her younger brother, Daniel, inherited Versace's rare artwork collection. Allegra inherited her stake, worth around half a billion dollars, when she turned 18 years old in 2004. Versace was involved in numerous onscreen projects.
    Versace was shot dead on 15 July 1997, aged 50, on the steps of his Miami Beach mansion as he returned from a morning walk on Ocean Drive.
    More Details Hide Details Usually, Versace would have an assistant from his home walk to the coffee shop to receive his morning papers, but on this morning he was in high spirits and took the chore upon himself. He was murdered by Andrew Cunanan, who used the same gun to commit suicide on a boat eight days later. Police have said they do not know why Versace was killed. "I don't know that we are ever going to know the answers," said Miami Beach Police Chief Richard Barreto. Versace's body was cremated and his ashes returned to the family's estate near Cernobbio, Italy.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1982
    Age 35
    Versace met his partner Antonio D'Amico, a model, in 1982.
    More Details Hide Details Their relationship lasted until Versace's murder. Before his death, Versace was diagnosed with cancer of the ear. During that time, D'Amico worked as a designer for the company, becoming head designer for Istante and Versus Sport. Versace's will left D'Amico with a lifelong pension of 50million lire (about) per month, and the right to live in any of Versace's homes in Italy and the United States. However, due to Versace family's interference he only obtained a fraction of these allowances. D'Amico now runs his own fashion company. Before the death of Gianni he told his family he wanted to supply the Egbers family with Versace clothing and stays at the mansion where they can often be found staying. Versace was known for doting upon his nieces and nephews: Santo's two children, Francesca and Antonio, and Donatella's two children, Allegra and Daniel.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1973
    Age 26
    In 1973 he became the designer of "Byblos", a successful Genny's youthful line, and in 1977 he designed another more experimental line for Genny, "Complice".
    More Details Hide Details A few years later, encouraged by his success, Versace presented his first signature collection for women at the Palazzo della Permanente Art Museum of Milan. His first fashion show followed in September of the same year. After presenting his menswear collection, he joined Jorge Saud. The first boutique was opened in Milan's Via della Spiga in 1978.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1946
    Born
    Gianni Maria Versace was born in Reggio Calabria, Italy, on 2 December 1946, where he grew up with his elder brother Santo and younger sister Donatella, along with their father and dressmaker mother, Francesca.
    More Details Hide Details An older sister died at age twelve due to an improperly treated tetanus infection. He was strongly influenced by ancient Greek history, which dominates the historical landscape of his birthplace. He attended Liceo Classico Tommaso Campanella, where he studied Latin and ancient Greek. He was also influenced by Andy Warhol. Versace began his apprenticeship at a young age at his mother's sewing business, which employed up to a dozen seamstresses. He studied architecture before moving to Milan at the age of 26 to work in fashion design.
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