Remembering Gianni Versace on the 20th Anniversary of His Death

Jul 14, 2017 705

BY: Nicole Phelps

Tomorrow marks the 20th anniversary of the death of the Italian designer Gianni Versace, an event that the world will come to know much more about when Ryan Murphy’s American Crime Story series about his assassination debuts early next year.

Versace was 50 and at the top of the game when he was murdered in his Miami home. Much of what is considered de rigueur about fashion in 2017 he put his stamp on in his 1990s glory days—the splashy, expensively made ad campaigns, the star-studded front rows, indeed, the entire fashion-celebrity nexus. The difference between then and now is that those celebrities—Elton John, Sting, Madonna—were his genuine close friends, while many of today’s A-listers are paid exorbitant sums to attend the shows. 

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