House of Versace

House of Versace

The Untold Story of Genius, Murder, and Survival

Book - 2010 | 1st ed.
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Versace. The very name conjures up images of outrageous glamour and bold sexuality, opulence and daring. All of course true, but only half the story. Versace is also the legacy of a great creative genius from a poor, backward part of southern Italy who transformed the fashion world through his intuitive understanding of both women and how a changing culture influenced the way they wanted to dress. The first book in English about the legendary designer, House of Versace shows how Gianni Versace, with his flamboyant sister Donatella at his side, combined his virtuosic talent and extraordinary ambition to almost single-handedly create the celebrity culture we take for granted today. Gianni Versace was at the height of his creative powers when he was murdered in Miami Beach. The story was front page news around the world and the manhunt for his killer a media obsession. His beloved sister Donatella demanded no less than a funeral befitting an assassinated head-of-state to be held in Milan's magnificent cathedral. In what was the ultimate fashion show, the world's rich and beautiful -- Princess Dianna, Elton John, Carla Bruni, Naomi Campbell, Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy, Anna Wintour and others -- gathered to mourn a man already considered one of fashion's great pioneers. Deborah Ball, a long-time Milan correspondent for The Wall Street Journal, conducted hundreds of interviews with Versace family members, Gianni Versace's lovers and business rivals, models such as Naomi Campbell whom he helped shoot to international stardom and fashion industry icons, including Anna Wintour, the legendary editor of Vogue. Ball vividly recounts the behind-the scenes struggles -- both creative and business -- of Donatella as she stepped out of her brother's long shadow and took control of the House of Versace. The book offers the first inside look at the enormous challenges Donatella faced in living up to Gianni's genius, her struggle with a drug habit, her battles with her brother Santo and the mystery of why Gianni left control of his house to Donatella's young daughter, Allegra. House of Versace is a compelling, highly readable tale of rise from obscurity, a painful fall and ultimate redemption as the Versace empire returned to health -- for now. Bringing together fashion, celebrity, business drama, jet-set lifestyles, and a notorious crime, House of Versace is an old-fashioned page-turner about a subject of enduring fascination.
Publisher: New York : Crown Publishers, c2010.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780307406514
Branch Call Number: 746.92092 V561b
Characteristics: viii, 343 p. : ill. (chiefly col.) ; 25 cm.


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adagarcon Aug 21, 2012

Deborah Hall's Versace, traces the origins of the famed brand through the beginning of its founder Gianni. Intertwined with lots of personal interviews and exclusive information, the book uncovers how the house of Versace in some ways set the tone for the high excess 80's, while simutaneously pigeon-holing itself. A generous amount of the text is filled with family disputes and argumnets that led to the near tumble and fall of the brand. The seemingly random murder of Gianni that changes the course of the brand's history is piecemeal here. Meanwhile, Donatella's high-flash antics are comparable to none. As we get a glimpse of the all aforementioned in this candid tome from Hall, one can not re-think or affirm their image of Versace. Overall, a quick and easy read equally for fashion aficionado or lay-person.

Mar 22, 2010

This is an amazing book. Deborah Hall outlines and emphasizes Gianni's talent, and others important happinings before, during, and after his life.

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