La Bella Donna

La Bella Donna

Fashion's Favourite Blonde bombshell to release a tell-all tome

In 1997, Donatella Versace stepped up to the plate as chief designer of the Versace fashion house after her brother Gianni – the label’s founder – was brutally murdered.

Today, she reflects on nearly two decades at the helm of the Italian label with a book titled simply, Versace. It explores the evolution of the label under her direction through beautifully curated archive imagery - including iconic shots from photographers Richard Avedon, Irving Penn and Steven Meisel, secret anecdotes and candid backstage pictures all spread across 336 pages.

Released by Rizzoli and co-written with Maria Luisa Frisa and Stefano Tonchi, this intimate portrait of a brand that became a byword for glamour and excess is every bit as glossy and opulent as its designs.

Donatella's legacy

We look back at three of her iconic creations

J-Lo at the Grammy's 2000
Jenny from the block's Green gown was the reason Google set up its image library. Yes, really.

Katy Perry, The Capital FM Jingle Ball 2013
Perry roared her way to sartorial victory in this leopard safety-pinned number inspired by Elizabeth Hurley's 1995 appearance.

Angelina Jolie at The Oscars, 2012
After her red carpet appearance, many were calling for Angelina's thigh to be given its own award.