Evening dress, Versace, 1998

WAG 1998.118

About this object

Gianni Versace trained in his mother’s dressmaking business before moving to Milan in 1972 to work in fashion design. He designed for the fashion house Genny before launching his own business in 1978.
Inspired by the art of ancient Greece and Rome, he chose as his brand’s logo the famous head of the Gorgon Medusa, with hair of snakes.
Although Versace’s clothes were often very glamorous, with complicated prints and surface decoration, he also produced simple, elegant designs like this silk dress.
Tragically, Versace was shot dead in 1997 near his home in Miami. He was survived by his long-term partner, the designer Antonio D’Amico.
  • Date
  • Maker
  • Materials
  • Credit line
    Purchased, 1998
  • Location
    Walker Art Gallery, Ground Floor, Craft and Design Gallery
  • Place made
    Europe: Southern Europe: Italy
  • Collection
    From the Walker Art Gallery collections
Object view = Decorative Arts
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