Inside the Auction | The Genius of Gianni Versace  

Inside the Auction | The Genius of Gianni Versace

Blog | August 22, 2018
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On September 21, the auction event The Genius of Gianni Versace: A Collection of His Iconic 90s Designs will be conducted by Leslie Hindman Auctioneers and include over 350 vintage Versace items from some of the designer’s most recognized work.


This single-owner collection was carefully curated in the 1990s by a gentleman who recognized the artistry, fearlessness and talent of Gianni Versace. The trend setting designs, paying homage to Versace’s classical European roots, struck a chord with the collector who would go on to explore the many facets of the fashion house.

The Genius of Gianni Versace will offer at auction a single-owner collection of over 350 pieces carefully curated in the 1990s. During this time, Versace explored diverse themes such as fetish-wear, 1960s mod, chainmail and punk, all in his signature adventurous style.


Gianni Versace started his design house in 1978 at the age of 32, opening his first boutique that year in Milan. He quickly became a sensation, known for his bold prints, vivid colors and revealing cuts. The saying went, “Armani dresses the wife, Versace dresses the mistress.”


The collection to be auctioned September 21 includes some of Versace’s most recognized designs. A Leather Embellished Vest with Silk Tie Front will be offered from the Spring/Summer 1993 runway collection. It is similar to one modeled on Naomi Campbell and photographed by Richard Avedon. Offered from the Autumn/Winter 1992-93 collection is a Versace black leather ensemble. Also captured by Avedon and shown on Claudia Schiffer will be a similar Gold Leather Cut out Gown. Available from the Autumn/Winter 1994-95 collection and from the iconic 1992 Miss S&M Milan runway, a Gianni Versace Silk Bondage Harness Bodice will also be offered. These examples are a few of many items up for auction.


Continue exploring The Genius of Gianni Versace by viewing all lots online and browsing the digital catalogue.

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