Italian fashion designer, socialite and businessman
Giovanni Maria "Gianni" Versace ( 2 December 1946 – 15 July 1997) was an Italian fashion designer, socialite and businessman. He was the founder of Versace, an international luxury-fashion house that produces accessories, fragrances, make-up, home furnishings and clothes. He was the most important Italian designer in the world, and he also designed costumes for theatre and films. As a friend of Eric Clapton, Princess Diana, Naomi Campbell, Kate Moss, Madonna, Elton John, Tupac Shakur and many other celebrities, he was one of the first designers to link fashion to the music world. He and his partner Antonio D'Amico were regulars on the international party scene. The place where he was born and raised, Reggio Calabria, greatly influenced his career, bringing color and revolution and upsetting the canons of those times.
On 15 July 1997, Versace was shot and killed outside his Miami Beach mansion, Casa Casuarina by spree killer Andrew Cunanan.
New YorkI hate the traffic over there. Why don't they start to build moving pathways to replace all the streets? I see New York in a very futuristic way, but they must do something new.
PeopleMenLifeIn those days, when I was a little kid, I met the truer more authentic people of my life. The men were so pure, strong, honest, and faithful unto death - with an incredible sense of respect for a boss.
FashionI don't license everywhere. I take care of my name.
FashionI love very much the night after every fashion show when I have all those invitations to parties and I stay quiet at home by myself.
LifeI try to contrast; life today is full of contrast... We have to change.
FashionI like the body. I like to design everything to do with the body.
FashionI'm a little like Marco Polo, going around and mixing cultures.
FashionWomanPerfumeEleganceMenPerfume puts the finishing touch to elegance - a detail that subtly underscores the look, an invisible extra that completes a man and a woman's personality. Without it there is something missing.
FashionDesigning came to me. I didn't have to move.
FashionI want to be the joy to people through my work.
MotivationIt is nice to have valid competition; it pushes you to do better.
FashionFashion goes with the feeling of the moment. It's related to movies, to art, to young people's taste.
FashionI think it's the responsibility of a designer to try to break rules and barriers.
FashionBe yourselfThat is the key of this collection, being yourself. Don't be into trends. Don't make fashion own you, but you decide what you are, what you want to express by the way you dress and the way to live.
PeopleIn the past, people were born royal. Nowadays, royalty comes from what you do.
I love photography and art-directing is something that I really would enjoy to do.
I am a typical Italian; I love the clan. But I don't think about getting married.
I want always to be positive.