Donatella Versace created the Tribute Collection as an homage to her brother and to mark the 20th anniverary of his tragic death. She sent out a parade of looks inspired by Gianni's most emblematic works and did so through music, words, design, and casting. She wanted to celebrate "a genius, an icon, her brother" and pulled his key prints and pieces from archives from 1991-97. This period saw some of Versace's iconic collections: Vogue, Metal Mesh, My Friend Elton, and many, many more remarkable collections.
As mentioned, the collection features 12 of Gianni Versace’s most iconic prints from 1991 -1997. From each of these iconic patterns, Donatella Versace remade and reinterpreted the blouses, square-shouldered jackets, leggings, catsuits, corsets, trenches, mini sheaths, and maxi skirts. She remade a few pieces in their entirety, most she decided to reclaim through her own specifications: more day wear, sharper shoulders, fewer slits.
“This collection is a Tribute to the life and works of Gianni. We pay homage to not only his artistic genius but to who he was as a man, and above all, as my brother. Gianni was an exceptional person for how he celebrated each day as though it was extraordinary and for how he always approached life with a smile on his lips.Each year Gianni lived, he lived to its fullest: throughout his career, he created collections that to this day are considered a cultural point of reference and inspiration to many. It would be impossible to commemorate Gianni’s entire world in a single collection, therefore, I have decided to honor his legacy with his beloved prints and dazzling metal mesh.
This collection is for you, Gianni.”
- Donatella Versace
The Native American print is crafted with a classic print inspired by the American West. The print features feathers, whic are a Native American symbol of trust, honor, and wisdom. This was a motif that first made its appearance at Gianni Versace's 1992 Fall/Winter runway show. It features two internal labels: "NATIVE AMERICANS FW 1992" print name and the "VERSACE TRIBUTE" collection name. This collection is known for having light padding, front golden zip closures, shiny duchesse lining and button lateral pockets.
Gianni Versace Spring/Summer 1995 ad featuring Yazmeen Ghauri and Versace Spring/Summer 2018
This is a limited edition collector's line in the Versace Tribute Collection and featured the Trésor de La Mer print from Gianni's SS'92 runaway collection. The print features Meditteranean elements like shells, pearls, and corals—all inspired by the Versace family's southern Mediterranean origins and their hometown of Calabria.
Spring break essentials: Stars, shells and medusas.
Naomi Campbell on the runway for the Spring/Summer 1991 "Pop Art" Collection and Kaia Gerber (daughter of Cindy Crawford, an orginal Verasce supermodel) and other supermodels for Versace Spring/Summer 2018
In the Spring/Summer 1991 collection, Gianni Versace merged his love for art and contemporary fashion.The iconic moment was when Naomi Campbell ignited the catwalk in a jewel-embellished printed evening dress of pop culture portraits. This was so colorful, playful and nothing short of daring; all typical of Gianni Versace. The Pop Art print revives a timeless, pop culture aesthetic that is synonymous with Versace.
The Pop Art Print shown here is inspired by Gianni Versace's SS 91 collection that broke barriers between art and contemporary fashion.
Gianni Versace Spring/Summer 1991 "Pop Art" Collection and Versace Spring/Summer 2018
The Vogue print, created in collaboration with Vogue, first appeared on the runway in Gianni's SS 1991 collection and represented the influence of media in fashion and culture.The Vogue print pays homage to the media powerhouse and forms a dynamic pop art display. The print was created for a special AIDS research fundraising initiative. The Vogue design from Gianni Versace’s Spring/Summer 1991 collection is a bold composition, featuring Vogue covers with playful designs and rich primary colors.
Gianni's beloved Barocco print from the Fall/Winter 1991 collection. As a tribute to Gianni and the love and passion he put into his work, these special Tribute pieces were crafted with his silk printing techniques. The ink is passed onto the fabric by hand using separate screens, lending exceptional vibrancy to the print colors and giving it the true Versace look.
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