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F/W 1994 Gianni Versace Gold Lame Lurex Pleated Tinsel Mini Tent Dress
By Gianni Versace Couture, Gianni Versace
Located in Philadelphia, PA
TheRealList presents: an eyecatching gold lame dress from the Fall/Winter 1994 Gianni Versace collection, designed by Gianni Versace. Gianni masterfully designed this shimmery gold d...
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1990s Mini Dress

Gianni Versace Couture Blue Silk Documented Runway Dress, 1994
By Gianni Versace, Versace
Located in Portland, OR
This is a pretty blue crinkle silk Gianni Versace dress with topstitching down the front, side pleats, double shoulder straps and front faux pockets. This dress is documented from t...
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1990s Evening Dresses and Gowns

F/W 1994 Gianni Versace Patent Leather and Chiffon Mini Dress with Medusa Belt
By Gianni Versace Couture, Gianni Versace
Located in Philadelphia, PA
TheRealList presents: F/W 1994 Gianni Versace runway - a mix of playfully sexy and high-tech. An iteration of this dress designed by Gianni Versace was debuted as look 53 and was wor...
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1990s Mini Dress

S/S 1994 Gianni Versace Couture Black Eyelet Stretch Sleeveless Dress
By Gianni Versace Couture, Gianni Versace
Located in Philadelphia, PA
TheRealList presents: a sleeveless eyelet Gianni Versace Couture dress, designed by Gianni Versace. From the Spring/Summer 1994 collection, this stretchy dress is covered in carefull...
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1990s Cocktail Dresses

F/W 1994 Gianni Versace Couture Black Wool Corseted Mini Dress
By Gianni Versace Couture, Gianni Versace
Located in Philadelphia, PA
TheRealList presents: the perfect little black Gianni Versace dress, designed by Gianni Versace. From the Spring/Summer 1994 collection, this strapless mini-dress is made complete wi...
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1990s Italian Mini Dresses

Gianni Versace Gold Oroton Dress, F/W 1994.
By Gianni Versace Couture
Located in New York, NY
Gianni Versace Gold Oroton Dress, F/W 1994. Boatneck gold chainmail dress with draped sleeves. Features elastic band at waist that can be adjusted from inside. Fits US size 4 to 8.
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1990s Aesthetic Evening Dresses

F/W 1994 Gianni Versace Couture Cheetah Print Mini Dress Documented
By Gianni Versace Couture, Gianni Versace
Located in Philadelphia, PA
The RealList presents: This dress was featured in the 1994 ad campaign and covered in a faux fur cheetah print. This faux cheetah pattern is also featured on the F/W 1994 runway. Con...
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1990s Mini Dresses

Versace Spring 1994 Safety Pin Mini Dress
By Gianni Versace Couture, Gianni Versace
Located in Los Angeles, CA
From the Iconic Spring Collection of 1994, this lifetime Gianni Versace safety pin mini dress is a prime example of the designer's house elements and the spirit of the early-mid 1990...
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1990s Cocktail Dresses

S/S 1994 Gianni Versace Backless Asymmetric Overall Clip Dress Naomi Campbell
By Gianni Versace Couture, Gianni Versace
Located in Philadelphia, PA
TheRealList presents: a beautiful backless overall Gianni Versace Couture clip dress, designed by Gianni Versace. From the Spring/Summer 1994 collection, this piece did not appear on...
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1990s Mini Dresses

S/S 1994 Gianni Versace Couture Pinstripe Wool Asymmetric Medusa Punk Dress
By Gianni Versace Couture, Gianni Versace
Located in Philadelphia, PA
TheRealList presents: an asymmetric pinstripe dress designed by Gianni Versace for his punk-inspired Spring/Summer 1994 collection. Silver Medusa hardware-shaped faux buttons accent ...
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1990s Cocktail Dresses

S/S 1994 Gianni Versace Couture Strap Button Navy Dress
By Gianni Versace, Gianni Versace Couture
Located in Philadelphia, PA
TheRealList presents: a long sleeve navy Gianni Versace Couture dress, designed by Gianni Versace. Created as part of the Spring/Summer 1994 collection, this dress did not appear on ...
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1990s Cocktail Dresses

S/S 1994 Gianni Versace Couture Medusa Screw Medallion Strap Grey Wool Dress
By Gianni Versace, Gianni Versace Couture
Located in Philadelphia, PA
TheRealList presents: a overall style Gianni Versace Couture dress, designed by Gianni Versace. From the Spring/Summer 1994 collection, this wool dress features wide straps connected...
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1990s Cocktail Dresses

Gianni Versace pleated silk and lace babydoll dress, ss 1994
By Gianni Versace
Located in London, GB
▪ A fine and rare Gianni Versace babydoll dress ▪ Silk with a colourful floral print ▪ Tie dyed lace ▪ Accordion pleated mini skirt ▪ Smocking around the bust line ▪ Ivory silk...
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1990s Evening Dresses and Gowns

Gianni Versace black pleated and lace evening dress, ss 1994
By Gianni Versace
Located in London, GB
Gianni Versace black above-the-knee evening dress with lace panels and pleated skirt Spring-summer 1994
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1990s Evening Dresses

Gianni Versace grey checked wool pleated pinafore dress, ss 1994
By Gianni Versace
Located in London, GB
Gianni Versace grey checked wool pinafore dress with box pleated skirt and 10 fabric buttons. Spring-Summer 1994
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1990s Evening Dresses and Gowns

Rare Gianni Versace 1994 Medusa Metallic Golden Leather Dress Museum Piece 44
By Gianni Versace, Gianni Versace Couture
Located in Switzerland, CH
ULTRAFAMOUS DRESS BY GIANNI VERSACE COUTURE THE DRESS OF THE SEASON - FEATURED IN VERSACE AD CAMPAIGN OWN A PIECE OF FASHION HISTORY - A TRUE GEM SO HARD TO FIND IN EXCELLENT CON...
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1990s Evening Dresses and Gowns

Gianni Versace F/W 1994 Runway Ad Campaign Vintage Gold Oroton Metal Mesh Dress
By Gianni Versace
Located in Fort Myers, FL
Gianni Versace F/W 1994 Runway Ad Campaign Vintage Gold Oroton Metal Mesh Dress COLLECTIBLE ITEM! Gold vintage Gianni Versace metal mesh oroton chainmail mini dress with textured l...
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1990s Evening Dresses and Gowns

Documented Gianni Versace Couture Vintage F/W 1994 Black PVC Wool 90s Dress
By Gianni Versace, Gianni Versace Couture
Located in San Diego, CA
Documented rare GIANNI VERSACE COUTURE Fall/Winter 1994 runway dress! Linda Evangelista strutted down the runway in this beauty (see photo). Fitted PVC fitted bodice looks like paten...
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1990s Cocktail Dresses

Gianni Versace S/S 1994 Runway Couture Vintage Crinkle Silk Lace Black Dress
By Gianni Versace Couture
Located in Fort Myers, FL
Gianni Versace S/S 1994 Runway Couture Vintage Crinkle Silk Lace Black Dress IT 42
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1990s Evening Dresses and Gowns

New Atelier Versace S/S 1994 Collection Velvet Lace Purple Pink Dress Gown
By Atelier Versace
Located in Montgomery, TX
New Atelier Versace Velvet Lace Watercolor Purple/Pink Dress Gown S/S 1994 Collection Purple and Pink Watercolor Crushed Velvet and Lace, Corset Style, Fully Lined, Side Zip Closure....
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1990s Cocktail Dresses

S/S 1994 Gianni Versace Couture High Slit Navy Sleeveless Gown
By Gianni Versace, Gianni Versace Couture
Located in Philadelphia, PA
TheRealList presents: a stunning sleeveless navy blue Gianni Versace Couture gown, designed by Gianni Versace. From the Spring/Summer 1994 collection, this elegant and timeless gown ...
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1990s Maxi Dresses

RARE Museum Piece 1994 Gianni Versace Couture Crinkle Lace Dress Spring 38
By Gianni Versace, Gianni Versace Couture
Located in Switzerland, CH
Kate's Ultrafamous Pink Crushed Silk Lace Dress By Gianni Versace Couture From The Famous Spring Sumer 1994 Collection. Own A Piece Of Fashion History - A True Gem So Hard To Find ...
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Late 20th Century Cocktail Dresses

S/S 1994 Gianni Versace Couture Red Orange Watercolor Button Down Shirtdress
By Gianni Versace, Gianni Versace Couture
Located in Philadelphia, PA
TheRealList presents: a vibrant watercolor Gianni Versace Couture dress, designed by Gianni Versace. From the Spring/Summer 1994 collection, this dress rare sample features a bright ...
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1990s Cocktail Dresses

Gianni Versace silver Oroton metal chainmail bodysuit and skirt, fw 1994
By Gianni Versace
Located in London, GB
▪ Gianni Versace silver Oroton chainmail two piece skirt suit ▪ 100% Metal ▪ Vest with lycra bodysuit attached ▪ Knee length skirt with draped detail ▪ IT 42 - FR 38 - UK 10 - US 6 ...
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1990s Evening Dresses and Gowns

Gianni Versace Couture Blue Oroton Chainmail & Silk Gown w/Side Cutouts F/W 1994
By Gianni Versace Couture
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Rare F/W 1994 Gianni Versace blue Oroton chainmail and silk couture gown that was created by Versace while the designer was still alive. The gown features front and back asymmetrica...
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1990s Evening Dresses and Gowns

Unique Gianni Versace Net Magenta Dress Fall 1993-1994
By Gianni Versace
Located in Athens, Agia Paraskevi
Unique Gianni Versace Net Magenta Dress Fall 1993-1994
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1990s Maxi Dress

Gianni Versace Iconic Gold Medusa 1994 Safety Pin Shift Dress
By Versace
Located in Brunswick West, Victoria
Classic shift dress in cream by Gianni Versace with a gold safety pin detail at the shoulder. This dress is an iconic piece of fashion history. Circa 90s. A similar version of this d...
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1990s Cocktail Dresses

Gianni Versace gold metal mesh chainmail evening dress, fw 1994
By Gianni Versace
Located in London, London
Gianni Versace; gold metal mesh evening dress comprises mini skirt with silk lining and a matching bodysuit with 2 gold plate medusa circular clasps, designed to be worn tucked into ...
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1990s Evening Dresses and Gowns

1994 Gianni Versace Haute Couture Stunning Evening Metallic Dress
By Gianni Versace
Located in Paris, FR
1994 Gianni Versace Haute Couture Stunning Evening Metallic Dress mini couture cocktail dress has straps. The bustier is the strapless velvet gold lame leopard print . the skirt,...
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1990s Cocktail Dresses

Very Rare Gianni Versace Couture Gold Stretch Dress Fall 1994
By Gianni Versace
Located in Athens, Agia Paraskevi
Very Rare Gianni Versace Couture Gold Stretch Dress Fall 1994
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1990s Evening Dresses

1994 Atelier Versace Ivory Silk Evening Long Dress with Christal Diadems
By Atelier Versace, Gianni Versace
Located in Milan, IT
Atelier Versace one off piece created and designed by Gianni Versace in 1994 as evening dress and tailor made as wedding dress thanks to addition of stunning bridal veil composed of ...
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1990s Evening Dresses

Gianni Versace Couture Multi-Coloured Threaded Dress With Net Spring, 1994
By Gianni Versace
Located in Athens, Agia Paraskevi
Gianni Versace Couture Multi-Coloured Threaded Dress With Net Spring 1994
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1990s Cocktail Dresses

Istante Velvet Stretch Mid-Length Dress Fall 1994
By Gianni Versace
Located in Athens, Agia Paraskevi
Istante Velvet Stretch Mid-Length Dress Fall 1994
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1990s Day Dresses

Gianni Versace Couture, Black day dress with safety pins, Spring/Summer 1994
By Gianni Versace
Located in London, GB
This fitted black silk dress features a cut-out detail on the right shoulder, which is fastened by a series of silver-tone Medusa safety pins. It is labelled and lined and features a...
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1990s Cocktail Dresses

Rare Istante Velvet Colourful High Neck Dress Fall 1994
By Gianni Versace
Located in Athens, Agia Paraskevi
Rare Istante Velvet Colourful High Neck Dress Fall 1994
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1990s Informal Dresses

Gianni Versace Couture, Black leather evening gown, Autumn/Winter 1994
By Gianni Versace Couture
Located in London, GB
This stunning Giani Versace gown was modeled on the runway by Claudia Schiffer, as part of the Autumn/Winter 1994 collection. This wool-silk blend floor length dress features cut-out...
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1990s Evening Dresses

Versace Safety Pin Dress, 1994
By Gianni Versace
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Important and rare vintage Gianni Versace black safety pin mini dress from the 1994 runway collection. The black sleeveless dress has open slits at waist line and center front and ba...
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1990s Evening Dresses and Gowns

S/S 1994 Gianni Versace Embroidered Black Sheer Mesh Mini Dress Jacket
By Gianni Versace
Located in Yukon, OK
DESIGNER: S/S 1994 Gianni Versace Couture- has an asymmetrical hem in the back. Please contact for more information and/or photos. CONDITION: Good- no flaws! MATERIAL: No fabric ...
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1990s Mini Dress

Vintage Gianni Versace 1994 Black Wool Asymmetrical Jumper Dress
By Versace
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Vintage Gianni Versace black wool crepe asymmetrical jumper dress with silver Medusa medallion suspender straps. Excellent Condition. Size: Small
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1990s Mini Dresses

Iconic Gianni Versace Safety Pin Mini Dress Runway 1994
By Versace, Gianni Versace
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Important and rare vintage Gianni Versace black safety pin mini dress from 1994. The black sleeveless dress has open slits at waist line, center front and center back seams that are ...
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1990s Mini Dresses

Gianni Versace A/W 1994 Long Gold Metal Mesh Dress
By Gianni Versace, Versace
Located in Montgomery, TX
Gianni Versace Long Gold Metal Mesh Dress The Finale Dress from Autumn/Winter 1994/95 The dress was a part of 2001 Sotheby's Auction "The Collection of Gianni Versace" when the...
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1990s Evening Dresses

ICONIC Gianni Versace Safety Pin Dress, 1994
By Gianni Versace
Located in Los Angeles, CA
"THAT dress" by Gianni Versace from Spring/Summer 1994 Another version of this design was made famous by Elizabeth Hurley at the movie premiere of "Four Weddings and a Funeral" Mesh ...
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1990s Evening Gowns

S/S 1994 Gianni Versace Raj Safety Pin Bandana Romper Mini Dress
By Gianni Versace, Versace
Located in Yukon, OK
DESIGNER: S/S 1994 Gianni Versace- wrap dress closed by large safety pins with a romper underneath. Please contact for more information and/or photos. CONDITION: Good- No holes or...
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1990s Mini Dresses

F/W 1994 Gianni Versace Couture Cobalt Blue Cut-Out Sides Chainmail Gown Dress
By Gianni Versace
Located in Yukon, OK
DESIGNER: F/W 1994 Gianni Versace Please contact for more information and/or photos. CONDITION: Fair- There are 2 tiny areas near the bottom- in the front- where the fabric was sna...
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1990s Maxi Dress

Iconic and rare 1994 Gianni Versace Leather dress
By Gianni Versace, Versace
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
1994 Gianni Versace leather dress as seen in the picture attached. ( Linda Evangelista) The top part is more gold than the skirt area but it is not discoloration. The skirt area app...
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1990s Cocktail Dresses

S/S 1994 Gianni Versace Checkered Overalls Wool & Cashmere Mini Dress
By Gianni Versace
Located in Yukon, OK
DESIGNER: S/S 1994 Gianni Versace Couture Please contact for more information and/or photos. CONDITION: Pristine MATERIAL: 86% wool & 14% cashmere COUNTRY MADE: Italy ...
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1990s Cocktail Dresses

Vintage S/S 1994 Gianni Versace Black One Shoulder Open Chest Mini Dress
By Gianni Versace, Versace
Located in Yukon, OK
DESIGNER: S/S 1994 Gianni Versace Please contact for more information and/or photos. CONDITION: Good- no flaws FABRIC: Unknown COUNTRY MADE: Italy SIZE: 44 runs small w stretch ...
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1990s Mini Dresses

1994 Gianni Versace Green Wet Look Bodycon Stretch Midi Dress
By Gianni Versace
Located in Yukon, OK
DESIGNER: 1994 Gianni Versace Please contact for more information and/or photos. CONDITION: No flaws- straps have been shortened- please see last 2 photos. FABRIC: Nylon/Rubber/S...
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1990s Cocktail Dresses

S/S 1994 Gianni Versace Black Pin Stripe One Shoulder Open Chest Mini Dress
By Gianni Versace, Versace
Located in Yukon, OK
DESIGNER: S/S 1994 Gianni Versace Please contact for more information and/or photos. CONDITION: Good- no flaws FABRIC: Unknown COUNTRY MADE: Italy SIZE: 44 runs small w stretch ...
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1990s Mini Dresses

MET Museum Retrospective S/S 1994 Gianni Versace Couture Plaid Pinafore Dress 38
By Gianni Versace
Located in Yukon, OK
DESIGNER: S/S 1994 Gianni Versace Couture- worn by Linda Evangelista in a Versace ad- she also wore it in pink in another Versace ad. The same dress was exhibited in the MET's Versac...
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1990s Cocktail Dresses

F/W 1994 Gianni Versace Metallic Gold Velvet Lurex MOD Micro Mini Dress
By Gianni Versace
Located in Yukon, OK
DESIGNER: F/W 1994 Gianni Versace Please contact for more information and/or photos. CONDITION: Good- no flaws! FABRIC: Unknown- its likely a velvet lurex COUNTRY MADE: Italy S...
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1990s Mini Dresses

F/W 1994 Gianni Versace Black Cut-Out Embellished Pencil Mini Dress 40
By Gianni Versace
Located in Yukon, OK
DESIGNER: F/W 1994 Gianni Versace Please contact for more information and/or photos. CONDITION: Good- no flaws! FABRIC: Acetate- Rayon- Silk COUNTRY MADE: Italy SIZE: 40 MEASUR...
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1990s Cocktail Dresses

F/W 1994 Gianni Versace Metallic Gold Velvet Lurex MOD Micro Mini Dress
By Gianni Versace
Located in Yukon, OK
DESIGNER: F/W 1994 Gianni Versace Please contact for more information and/or photos. CONDITION: Good- no flaws! FABRIC: Unknown- its likely a velvet lurex COUNTRY MADE: Italy S...
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1990s Mini Dresses

Vintage F/W 1994 Gianni Versace Metallic Gold Velvet Lurex MOD Micro Mini Dress
By Gianni Versace
Located in Yukon, OK
DESIGNER: F/W 1994 Gianni Versace Please contact for more information and/or photos. CONDITION: Good- no flaws! FABRIC: Unknown- its likely a velvet lurex COUNTRY MADE: Italy S...
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1990s Mini Dresses

C. 1994 Atelier Versace by Gianni Corset Chainmail Crystal Metal Beaded Dress
By Gianni Versace, Atelier Versace
Located in Yukon, OK
DESIGNER: Circa 1994 Atelier Versace by Gianni Please contact for more information and/or photos. CONDITION: Good- small flaw n the lining- of course not seen- minor sporadic piece...
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1990s Evening Gowns

90s Gianni Versace Leopard Print Bodycon Jersey Dress, Spring 1994
By Gianni Versace
Located in London, GB
A figure hugging mini dress by Gianni Versace from the 1990s in the iconic leopard print jersey. It 38 - Fr 34 - UK 6 - XS/S
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1990s Evening Dresses and Gowns

Gianni Versace Couture Safety Pin Short Dress Jumpsuit, 1994
By Gianni Versace
Located in Scottsdale, AZ
This fabulous Gianni Versace Couture safety pin dress, has a short jumpsuit underneath the dress. (see images) This piece is from the Spring 1994 Punk collection. The fabric of the j...
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1990s Day Dresses

A/W 1994 Gianni Versace Couture Black Leather Cut-out Top Gown Dress
By Gianni Versace
Located in Yukon, OK
DESIGNER: A/W 1994 Gianni Versace Couture- same dress worn on runway by Claudia Schiffer. Please contact for more information and/or photos. CONDITION: FLAWLESS/PRISTINE. MATERIA...
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1990s Evening Dresses

A/W 1994 Gianni Versace Couture Black Leather Cut-out Top Gown Dress
By Gianni Versace
Located in Yukon, OK
DESIGNER: A/W 1994 Gianni Versace Couture- same dress worn on runway by Claudia Schiffer. Please contact for more information and/or photos. CONDITION: FLAWLESS/PRISTINE. MATERIA...
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1990s Evening Dresses

1994 Gianni Versace Latex Wet Look Navy Blue Bodycon Dominatrix Dress
By Gianni Versace
Located in Yukon, OK
DESIGNER: 1994 Gianni Versace Please contact for more information and/or photos. CONDITION: Good- There is area on the chest, only seen in certain lights, where the fabric looks ru...
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1990s Cocktail Dresses

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1994 Versace Dress For Sale on 1stDibs

Surely you’ll find the exact vintage or contemporary 1994 versace dress you’re seeking on 1stDibs — we’ve got a vast assortment for sale. Black is a pretty popular color, but we also have Gray, Beige, Blue and more in stock now. Making an accessory such as this has likely been a part of the legacy of many fashion designers, but those produced by Gianni Versace, Gianni Versace Couture and Versace are consistently popular. If you’re browsing our inventory for these accessories, you’ll find that many are available today for women, but there are still pieces to choose from for men and unisex.

How Much is a 1994 Versace Dress?

Prices for a 1994 versace dress can differ depending upon size, designer and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these accessories begin at $500 and can go as high as $98,000, while, on average they fetch $7,200.

Gianni Versace Biography and Important Works

The signature extravagance of legendary fashion designer Gianni Versace — forever aligned with glamour, sex, celebrity and spectacle — can overshadow the Italian couturier’s broad and deep engagement with history and culture. More than any designer before him, Versace mined celebrity, music and Pop art for inspiration, and his subversive, maximalist and unabashedly seductive designs infused high fashion with an entirely new ethos.

I don’t believe in good taste,” Versace once explained. Instead, he had a sexy good time with fashion — as he did with life. Today, vintage Gianni Versace clothing, handbags and other accessories look astonishingly fresh and freshly relevant.

Gianni Versace was born in Calabria, Italy. His mother was a successful dressmaker who employed more than 40 seamstresses. As a child, little Gianni marveled at her workshop, which would become a university of sorts, where he learned the exceptional construction techniques that were at the foundation of his creative expression. In 1972, at age 25, he moved to Milan to work in fashion. He launched his first collection — and his label — in 1978, with his older brother Santo managing the business concerns. Soon, sister Donatella, whom Gianni dressed and took to discos when she was still a child, joined the family venture, where she had a creative role and managed enormously popular ready-to-wear lines such as Versus.

Vintage Versace has become catnip for modern fashion enthusiasts who seek out the now-iconic house codes that originated in the designs of the 1980s and 1990s. His glamorous and seductive apparel — the clingy skirts and slender, strappy party dresses, as well as the erotic magazine ads that publicized them — looms large, but Versace’s art and historical influences were also vast.

Versace was an art collector, and he took on commissions to create costumes for theatrical performances during the 1980s and spoke of looking to numerous cultures for inspiration. The New York Times noted in 1997 that the fashion industry “is now driven by contemporary culture because Mr. Versace made it that way.” Insiders consider his 1991/1992 Autumn/Winter runway show — which featured supermodels Christy Turlington, Cindy Crawford, Naomi Campbell and Linda Evangelista lip-synching George Michael’s “Freedom” — as the moment when the two worlds of fashion and pop culture became one, changing both forever.

Versace's adventurous spirit of design resulted in his creating jewel-toned prints rooted in Grecian motifs, Etruscan symbols, the Italian Baroque and Andy Warholʼs Marilyn Monroe. There were slinky dresses in Oroton, his patented chain-mail textile that draped like satin, and leather bondage ensembles. Sex sold, for both women and men. Wrote the late curator Richard Martin, “[Versace] became the standard-bearer of gay men’s fashion because he eschewed decorum and designed for desire.”

Following Versace’s tragic murder in 1997, Donatella took over the role of artistic director and continued to evolve the house codes with a twist of her feminine and feminist perspective. Today, Santo Versace is chief executive officer of Versace and Donatella is its chief creative officer.

Browse an extraordinary collection of vintage Gianni Versace evening dresses, handbags, day dresses and more on 1stDibs.

Finding the Right Evening Dresses and Gowns for You

With entire museum exhibitions dedicated to examining fashion designers and their creations, we’re finally recognizing that costuming is art. Fashion is a powerful means of self-expression, and sophisticated evening dresses and gowns by our favorite courtier play no small role in making us feel wonderful but, perhaps more importantly, making us feel like ourselves.

Evening dresses over time have conveyed specific statements about social class, position and beliefs. In the 16th century, dresses and gowns were so important that England's Queen Elizabeth I defined rules about what dresses women could wear -- guidance included long skirts and fitted bodices. Forward-thinking designers have responded to this history.

Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel reimagined traditionally masculine garments for feminine shapes, and her elegant evening dresses and gowns promoted comfort and grace in women’s wear that had been dominated in the previous century by layers of fabric. French fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent introduced innovative and highly coveted dress designs in the 1960s while at the same time challenging sexist stereotypes about which members of society could wear tuxedos. Works by unconventional British designer John Galliano — featured in houses like Givenchy and Dior — redefined limits that dressmakers faced in terms of material, construction and vision during the late 20th century. 

Today’s designers target an increasingly broad audience with their boundary-crossing work, and their tendency to play off of each other’s ideas means that every walk down the runway is also a walk through an entire history of fashion design and dress craftsmanship. 

Whether you gravitate toward backless maxi dresses or silk charmeuse gowns by Alexander McQueen or embellished, ruffled floral-print designs by Chloe or Versace, there is an extraordinary collection of vintage and designer evening dresses and gowns waiting for you on 1stDibs.