Gianni Versace

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Gianni Versace
Gianni Versace.jpg
Versace in 1982
BornGiovanni Marcus Versace
(1946-12-02)2 December 1946
Reggio Calabria, Italy
Died15 July 1997(1997-07-15) (aged 50)
Miami Beach, Florida, U.S.
Cause of death
Murder
Resting place
Near Cernobbio, Italy
NationalityItalian
OccupationFashion designer
Partner(s)Antonio D'Amico (1982–1997)
RelativesDonatella Versace (sister)
Santo Versace (brother)
Awards1993: American Fashion Oscar
1986: Commendatore della Repubblica Italiana
LabelsVersace
Website
www.versace.com
 
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Gianni Versace
Gianni Versace.jpg
Versace in 1982
BornGiovanni Marcus Versace
(1946-12-02)2 December 1946
Reggio Calabria, Italy
Died15 July 1997(1997-07-15) (aged 50)
Miami Beach, Florida, U.S.
Cause of death
Murder
Resting place
Near Cernobbio, Italy
NationalityItalian
OccupationFashion designer
Partner(s)Antonio D'Amico (1982–1997)
RelativesDonatella Versace (sister)
Santo Versace (brother)
Awards1993: American Fashion Oscar
1986: Commendatore della Repubblica Italiana
LabelsVersace
Website
www.versace.com

Gianni Versace (Italian pronunciation: [ˈdʒanni verˈsaːtʃe], born Giovanni Marcus Versace; 2 December 1946 – 15 July 1997) was an Italian fashion designer and founder of Versace, an international fashion house, which produces accessories, fragrances, make-up and home furnishings as well as clothes. He also designed costumes for the theatre and films. As a friend of Eric Clapton, Diana, Princess of Wales, Madonna, Elton John, Cher, Sting and many other celebrities, he was the first designer to link fashion to the music world.[1] Openly gay, Versace and his partner Antonio D'Amico were regulars on the international party scene. Versace was murdered outside his Miami Beach home, the former Casa Casuarina now known as "The Villa By Barton G.", at the age of 50 by spree killer Andrew Cunanan.

Early life[edit]

Gianni Marcus Versace was born in Reggio Calabria, Italy, December 2, 1946, where he grew up with his elder brother Santo and younger sister Donatella, along with their father and dressmaker mother, Francesca.[2] An older sister, Fortunata, nicknamed Tinuccia, died at the age of 9 from peritonitis.[2] Alternative source says that this sister was named Tina and died at the age of 12 from an improperly treated tetanus infection.[3]

Versace began his apprenticeship at a young age, as his mother ran a sewing workshop and employed up to a dozen seamstresses.[2] He studied architecture before moving to Milan at the age of 26 to work in fashion design.

In the mid-1970s, his knits drew the attention of headhunters at Genny and Callaghan. Complice hired him to design their leather and lace[4] collections, and 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, who would later also become a partner with Giorgio Armani. The first boutique was opened in Milan's Via della Spiga in 1978. He was influenced by Andy Warhol, as well as Ancient Roman and Greek art and also abstract art.

Personal life[edit]

Versace met his partner Antonio D'Amico, a model, in 1982. Their relationship lasted until Versace's murder. Before his death, Versace was diagnosed with cancer of the ear.[5] 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 50 million lire (about $26,000) 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.

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.[5]

Death and legacy[edit]

Versace's Miami Beach mansion (Casa Casuarina) 2009

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. 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`s Beach Police Chief Richard Barreto.[6] Versace's body was cremated and his ashes returned to the family's estate near Cernobbio, Italy.

In September 1997, it was announced 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.

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 in 2004. [7]

Filmography[edit]

Versace was involved in numerous onscreen projects.[8]

Actor[edit]

Costume designer, costume and wardrobe[edit]

Production designer[edit]

Awards and tributes[edit]

In popular culture[edit]

In books[edit]

In film[edit]

In music[edit]

In television[edit]

In automobile culture[edit]

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ Horyn, Cathy, "Why Fashion Films Are Usually Cartoons," New York Times, Sun. Oct. 6, 2013, p. 13
  2. ^ a b c Ball, Deborah (2010-02-02). House of Versace: The Untold Story of Genius, Murder, and Survival. pp. 27, 31–32. ISBN 9780307462404. 
  3. ^ Collins, Lauren (September 24, 2007). "Mondo Donatella". The New Yorker: 158. 
  4. ^ http://www.vogue.com/voguepedia/Gianni_Versace
  5. ^ a b Ariel Levy (2006). "Summer for the Sun Queen". New York Magazine. Retrieved June 24, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Cunanan: more questions than answers". CNN. 1997-07-25. Retrieved 2007-06-29. 
  7. ^ Pisa, Nick (December 7, 2010). "Versace murdered because of debts to Mafia". The Telegraph. Retrieved December 7, 2010. 
  8. ^ a b "Movies and TV: Gianni Versaci: Filmography". The New York Times. Retrieved 11 April 2011. 
  9. ^ http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1915&dat=19980402&id=ZshGAAAAIBAJ&sjid=WvgMAAAAIBAJ&pg=2467,234760

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