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 Gianni Versace

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Gianni Versace Famous memorial

Birth
Reggio Calabria, Città Metropolitana di Reggio Calabria, Calabria, Italy
Death
15 Jul 1997 (aged 50)
Miami Beach, Miami-Dade County, Florida, USA
Burial
Moltrasio, Provincia di Como, Lombardia, Italy
Memorial ID
4607 View Source

Fashion Designer. Charismatic and accomplished designer of clothing and theater costumes, Versace was influenced by Andy Warhol and modern abstract art. Born to humble beginnings in Reggio Calabria, Southern Italy, Versace was first introduced to the world of fashion by his dressmaker mother, from whom he learned tailoring skills, and designed his first dress at the age of nine. He moved to Milan at the age of 25 and, without formal training, worked as a freelance designer for other houses. In 1978, he presented his first collection for women signed with his own name in a fashion show at the Palazzo della Permanente. About the same time, he started a collaboration with American photographer Richard Avedon, who would shoot all the Versace catalogs and with whom Versace co-authored several books until his death. Versace transformed fashion shows into media events, luring his numerous celebrity friends (such as Princess Diana, Elton John, Madonna, RuPaul, and Woody Allen) into the audience, helping to ignite the supermodel phenomenon. He is also credited with indirectly launching Elizabeth Hurley's career, after lending her the famous "safety pin" dress for the British premiere of "Four Weddings and a Funeral" in 1994. Versace was gunned down outside his Miami Beach home.

Fashion Designer. Charismatic and accomplished designer of clothing and theater costumes, Versace was influenced by Andy Warhol and modern abstract art. Born to humble beginnings in Reggio Calabria, Southern Italy, Versace was first introduced to the world of fashion by his dressmaker mother, from whom he learned tailoring skills, and designed his first dress at the age of nine. He moved to Milan at the age of 25 and, without formal training, worked as a freelance designer for other houses. In 1978, he presented his first collection for women signed with his own name in a fashion show at the Palazzo della Permanente. About the same time, he started a collaboration with American photographer Richard Avedon, who would shoot all the Versace catalogs and with whom Versace co-authored several books until his death. Versace transformed fashion shows into media events, luring his numerous celebrity friends (such as Princess Diana, Elton John, Madonna, RuPaul, and Woody Allen) into the audience, helping to ignite the supermodel phenomenon. He is also credited with indirectly launching Elizabeth Hurley's career, after lending her the famous "safety pin" dress for the British premiere of "Four Weddings and a Funeral" in 1994. Versace was gunned down outside his Miami Beach home.

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  • Maintained by: Find a Grave
  • Added: 23 Feb 1999
  • Find a Grave Memorial ID: 4607
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/4607/gianni-versace: accessed ), memorial page for Gianni Versace (2 Dec 1946–15 Jul 1997), Find a Grave Memorial ID 4607, citing Cimitero di Moltrasio, Moltrasio, Provincia di Como, Lombardia, Italy; Maintained by Find a Grave Cremated.