15 Things You Need To Know About Gianni VersaceGianni Versace: the genius who went away too soon. He was the man who revolutionized the ’90s glamour, his dresses were worn by the most important figures of that time, by supermodels, celebrities and even Princess Diana.
Although he was not an instant hit, Versace managed to build a fashion empire with hard work and dedication that still thrives today, thanks to Donatella, a woman who has suffered so much and yet had enough strength to find her demons and finally win.
The Italian designer will never be forgotten by the fashion world due to his power to reinvent and his original, sometimes even risque designs.
Although Gianni’s life was rather public, there are some things you didn’t know about Gianni Versace. Keep reading!
1. His mother introduced him into the fashion worldVersace learned the art of sewing from his mother, Francesca, who was a dressmaker in Reggio Calabria, Italy. After his apprenticeship at his mother’s business, Versace moved to Milan in 1972 to become a fashion designer. He was almost 26 at that time.
2. MedusaGianni Versace was greatly influenced by Greek mythology. After all, he was born in a place that was once called “Great Greece”. The brand’s logo represents Medusa, who in Greek mythology was a gorgon whose gaze with turn anyone into stone. Instead of hair, she had living venomous snakes.
However, he feminized her appearance. Rather than snakes, the logo features her beautiful hair and also her full lips.
3. Donatella was his museGianni had an older brother, Santo and a little sister, Donatella. There was also an older sister who died when she was 12 because of an improperly treated infection.
While Santo was in charge with organizational tasks, such as communication, production, distribution and more, Donatella was a “muse and critic” for her older brother.
4. That dressIn 1994, Versace made Liz Hurley famous when she accompanied her ten boyfriend, Hugh Grant to the LA premiere of his film, Four Weddings and a Funeral. She wore a black dress held together by gold safety pins.
5. He appreciated Yves Saint Laurent, Karl Lagerfeld and Christian LacroixIn 1990, the year of his first Haute Couture collection, Gianni Versace was interviewed by Women’s Wear Daily.
During that interview he said that while he has no competition in Italy, the only designers go stiil gave him “energy to fight” were Yves Saint Laurent, Kard Lagerfeld and Christian Lacroix.
6. Dressing the best of the bestIn the ’80s, Versace dressed musicians such as Paul McCartney, Michael Jackson, Sting, Eric Clapton, Prince and Sir Elton John.
Sir Elton John became a close friend of Gianni, who called him “a sweetheart” during a Vogue interview. Also, Sir Elton John appeared in The Sunday Times dressed in Versace.
7. Casa Casuarina’s poolVersace purchased Casa Casuarina in 1992 for $2,9 million to become his residence in South Beach, Miami. He completely restored the house.
Versace reportedly had the pool made in Italy, then broken down in sections and mailed to the United States. The famous pool features 100 million Italian mosaic tiles and the pool statues were purchased from a 16th century château in France.