The petite figure, the oxygenated blonde hair and a preference for super tight leather clothing: Donatella Versace has always been the embodiment of the idea of femininity, style and glamor of the Italian brand. And the 90s are his most representative decade, with his bondage-style dresses in golden lamé and sparkling silver. Working alongside his brother Gianni – he was his first assistant, his greatest listener, his muse – the Italian brand became a real cult, adored by the most famous celebs and pop stars of the time, and also, obviously , from the ‘supermodels’. In that decade he began to draw the Versus line and, after Gianni’s murder, he took over the reins of the fashion empire.
The actor and writer Rupert Everett had, as it is known, defined the young Versace as “A blonde kamikaze in black leather and stiletto heels”, a description that perfectly summarizes that explosive mix of charm, generosity and joie de vivre. At ease with the soaring supermodels, but also with the aristocrats (see her photo with Prince Charles), the 90s saw her party with everyone, from Elton John and Madonna to Karl Lagerfeld and Marc Jacobs.
Following the death of her brother in July 1997, Donatella found herself at the head of a dynasty worth 807 million dollars. Despite the deepest pain, she managed to present her first collection designed by her only three months after the dramatic loss, supported by an exceptional parterre among which stood out, in the front row, Miuccia Prada, Carla Fendi and Giorgio Armani. Two months later she had reappeared in public, speaking at the inauguration of an exhibition in honor of Gianni at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute, arm in arm with Madonna and Cher, very elegant in a golden glitter dress. While the designer is getting ready to celebrate her 64th birthday and to do the home honors at the Met Gala, let’s review together the most unforgettable outfits worn by Donatella Versace in the 90s through family photos and appearances on the red carpet with a high glamor rate.