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founded by

Gianni Versace

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Versace Group


Gianni Versace S.p.A. is an Italian fashion clothing business founded by Gianni Versace in 1978.

After the death of Gianni Versace, his sister, Donatella Versace, took over his business and continued usage of the family's trademark of using bright colors and designs. She was born in Reggio Calabria Italy, in 1959, being 13 years younger than Gianni. Brother and sister had a very close relationship and Gianni considered her his muse.

Versace is one of the world's leading international fashion houses. Versace designs, markets and distributes luxury clothing, accessories, fragrances, makeup and home furnishings under the various brands of the Versace Group.

Versace's Style Department employs a group of designers and stylists who work in teams specifically dedicated to each individual line. These teams operate under the close supervision and guidance of Creative Director, Donatella Versace.

Versace collections are distributed through a network of 240 exclusive boutiques, over 150 dedicated spaces in major department stores and duty-free areas, as well as a number of selective multi-brand boutiques in 60 countries.

Gianna Versace S.p.A. directly employs 1,500 people and provides indirect labor for an additional 5,000 worldwide.

With a broad international presence, the Versace Group had sales of 822 billion lire (424.5 million Euro) and net earnings of 18 billion lire (9.3 million Euro) in the 1999 fiscal year.

The brands of the Versace Group include: Gianni Versace Couture, Versus Versace, Versace Jeans Couture, Versace Ceramic Designs, Versace Collection, Versace Sport, Versace Intensive, Versace Precious Items, and Versace Young. It also operates a hotel, the Palazzo Versace.

Versace Precious Items is Versace S.p.A's timepiece, jewellery and writing instrument sub-brand. Timepieces and jewellery are made in Switzerland, and writing instruments are made in France.

The Look

He was one of the most important Italian designers of the 1980's and 90's, famous for his strong colour sense and clean lines. He like to wrap the female form, often with bias-cut clothes and fluid silks. Many of his ideas were audacious, but all were carried out to a high level of technical achievement. Versace viewed his clothes as powerful statement which were executed with unfailing confidence. Almost always the body was swathed or the garment wrapped in some manner. In his clothes, classical historical references blend with bold geometric shapes and complex textures in brilliant colours. His designs are unmistakable, he enjoyed working with leather and experimenting with new fabrics and trimmings. His designs for the theatre and ballet, undoubtedly influenced his fashion work.

Who Wears It

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1984 Gianni Versace (W)
1984 Versace l�Homme (M)
1989 V�E Versace (W)
1991 Versus Donna
1991 Versus (M)
1993 Mediterraneum (M)
1994 Red Jeans (W)
1994 Blue Jeans (M)
1995 Baby Rose Jeans (W)
1995 Blonde (W)
1995 Baby blue Jeans (W)
1995 Pink Jeans (M)
1995 Green Jeans (M)
1996 Yellow Jeans (W)
1996 Versus V (W)
1996 The Dreamer (M)
1997 White Jeans (W)
1997 Black Jeans (M)
1998 V/S Versus (W)
2000 Metal Jeans Women
2000 Metal Jeans (M)
2000 2Thousand
2000 Versace Woman
2000 Essence Emotional
2000 Essence Ethereal
2000 Essence Exciting
2000 V/S Homme
2001 Versus Time for Energy (U)
2001 Versus Time for Pleasure (W)
2001 Versus Time to Relax (U)
2002 Jeans Couture (W)
2002 Jeans Couture (M)
2003 Mediterranean Sport (W)
2003 Jeans Couture Glam (W)
2003 Versace Man
2003 Versus Time for Action (M)
2004 Crystal Noir (W)
2006 Bright Crystal (W)
2006 Versace Man Eau Fraiche
2007 Versace (W)
2007 Versace Pour Homme

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