Donatella Versace

Donatella Versace

Chief Designer & Vice President, Versace

With verve and signature flamboyance, she picked up the pieces after her brother’s death to push the brand forward.

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With verve and signature flamboyance, she picked up the pieces after her brother’s death to push the brand forward.

Biography

Having been at the helm of the Versace empire as creative director since 1997, Donatella Versace has overseen the growth of the group’s luxury clothing lines alongside the expansion into accessories, home furnishings and hotels, creating a luxury lifestyle brand which at the end of 2012 reported revenues of €408.7 million.

The youngest of Versace siblings, Donatella had a particularly strong bond with her brother Gianni, the founder of the storied label, and was the natural successor to him after his death in 1997. Ms Versace debuted her first collection for Atelier spring/summer ’98 on a see-through catwalk held over the swimming pool at the Ritz Hotel in Paris which resulted in instant acclaim from industry insiders.

The larger-than-life mogul is credited with having retained a coveted status for the Atelier Versace and ready-to-wear lines. The celebrated designer has also overseen the repositioning of the Versus line, appointing Christopher Kane in 2009 to revive the brand, followed in 2012 by Jonathan (J.W.) Anderson, who designed a capsule collection for the label.

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