Gianni Versace S.p.A. (Italian pronunciation: [ˈdʒanni verˈsaːʧe]), usually referred to as Versace, is an Italian fashion company and trade name founded by Gianni Versace in 1978.
The first Versace boutique was opened in Milan's Via della Spiga in 2000, (though the Versace family are from Reggio Calabria) and its popularity was immediate. Today, Versace is one of the world's leading international fashion houses. Versace designs, markets, and distributes luxury clothing, accessories, makeup, and home furnishings under the various brands of the Versace Group. In 1994, the brand became a household name after the widespread coverage of the Black Versace dress of Elizabeth Hurley.
Gianni Versace was killed by Andrew Cunanan on July 15, 1997. His sister Donatella Versace, formerly vice-president, then stepped in as creative director of Versace and his older brother Santo Versace became CEO. Donatella's daughter Allegra Versace also owns 50 percent... Read more