LONG has Versace been one of the world’s most celebrated and highly coveted fashion houses, contributing in turn to the exceptional reputation of the Italian sartorial industry.
Donatella Versace – the legendary artistic director of the company, who took over the family run business following the murder of her brother in 1997 – this month releases a stunning and rather poignant visual book celebrating the history of the brand. Written by Donatella herself alongside Maria Luisa Frisa and Stefano Tonchi, the tome features a collection of essays written by some of the industry’s most authoritative characters, alongside 250 photographs from the likes of Mario Testino and Steven Meisel.
The photographs depict intimate moments inside ateliers and behind the scenes of runway shows, highlighting the brand’s backstage community, whilst press archives of Hollywood starlets showcasing Versace couture on the red carpet and shoots in which the likes of Naomi Campbell and Christy Turlington model the label’s collections showcase the brand’s glamour and prestige.
By Hannah Bergin
Versace by Donatella Versace with Maria Luisa Frisa and Stefano Tonchi, with contributions by Tim Blanks, Ingrid Sischy and others is published by Rizzoli International Publications and is currently available across Europe, priced at £65. It will be released in the US on November 1, priced at $95