Everything you need to know about Gianni Versace and his killer


Before the new American Crime Story season comes out.

So you’ve all heard of the brand Versace, but have you ever delved deeper and educated yourself into the history of the brand? You've stayed at Palazzo Versace but do you even know who Gianni Versace really is?

The Italian luxury fashion company was founded by Gianni Versace in 1978, creating some of the most recognisable red carpet dresses that we look back on even now, I’m talking to you, Jennifer Lopez’s belly button. He is also arguably responsible for creating the concept of a 'supermodel'.

 
  Gianni with his Versace 'supermodels' of the 90's

Gianni with his Versace 'supermodels' of the 90's

 

The gay Italian fashion icon Gianni Versace’s unknowingly final years were spent in Miami Beach just as the city’s growing LGBTQ population came into its own, politically, socially and economically.

Versace bought the old Amsterdam Palace apartment house on Ocean Drive and renovated it as his personal palace, and renamed it the Casa Casuarina.

Almost twenty years after the launch of his brand, on 15th July 1997, Gianni was heartlessly shot point blank by a serial killer and man he had never met, Andrew Philip Cunanan. The narcissistic killer fantasized over being a man at the centre of the world’s attention, just like Gianni was at the time. This season of American Crime Story will show the background of Cunanan’s lifestyle, and how this young private school boy from a good family became one of the world’s most hated killers.  

Eight days after Versace died, police were able to locate Andrew Cunanan - a serial killer who murdered at least four other people - living in a houseboat in Miami.

They rushed to the property, but by the time they made their way inside, the 27-year-old shot himself in the head.

 
  Left: the wanted poster for Andrew Cunanan, Right: Gianni Versace with his muses Naomi Campbell and Carla Bruni

Left: the wanted poster for Andrew Cunanan, Right: Gianni Versace with his muses Naomi Campbell and Carla Bruni

 

The brazen murder of Gianni captivated the fashion industry and the real world at the time, how could a huge fashion icon be gunned down outside his own house?

His heartbroken sister, Donatella Versace, was named chief designer and vice president of the Versace Group, and remains till this day. Recently, at Milan Fashion Week she walked arm in arm down the runway with some of Gianni's favourite supers to pay tribute to the late designer.

 
  Cindy Crawford, Naomi Campbell, Claudia Schiffer, Helena Christensen and Carla Bruni in Donatella Versace’s Milan show

Cindy Crawford, Naomi Campbell, Claudia Schiffer, Helena Christensen and Carla Bruni in Donatella Versace’s Milan show

 

You can watch the new season of American Crime Story in 2018