Sunday, July 15, 2007

Milan looks back at the genius called Versace

Milan is celebrating the genius of a man called Gianni Versace. Ten years after he was murdered, the iconic designer is being remembered in Milan for his contribution to the world of fashion.

The man who gave the world, or at least a few very rich people, extraordinary metallic garments and breathtaking stage costumes, Vesace is remembered by a ballet in his honour titled Thank You, Gianni, With Love.

Other events include an exhibit of Versace's sketches of theatre costumes on Milan streets, and the establishment of a scholarship in his honour at the European Institute of Design in Milan.

"Truly, his enthusiasm, his spontaneity was something that would strike you and this thing so innate in him, even when he became famous, he never lost it. He was always the same. And this was a characteristic that I have never noticed in other designers in the fashion industry,” said Carla Fendi, Designer.

Gianni started his craft at the age of 22 and went on to build the Versace fashion empire from his studio in the centre of Milan.

His elaborate stage costumes for Elton John in the late '80s helped cement his reputation. He was gunned down outside his mansion in Miami Beach, Florida on July 15, 1997.

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