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Atelier Versace Evening Dresses and Gowns

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Subversive, maximalist and unabashedly seductive, Gianni Versace’s (1946–97) designs infused high fashion with an entirely new ethos. “I don’t believe in good taste,” the legendary Italian couturier once explained. Instead, he had a sexy good time with fashion — as he did with life.

Today, vintage Versace clothing, handbags and other accessories look astonishingly fresh and freshly relevant. The designer debuted his Atelier Versace line — which was part of his first haute couture collection — in 1989. 

More than any designer before him, Versace mined celebrity, music and Pop art for inspiration. In fact, 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! '90” — the moment when the two worlds of fashion and pop culture became one, changing both forever.

Versace was born in Reggio di 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, Versace 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 — and 1989's Gianni Versace Couture — 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. This 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.

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Designer: Atelier Versace
Rare Vintage Versace Atelier Nude Embellished Gown worn by Melanie Griffith
By Atelier Versace
Located in Montgomery, TX
Vintage Versace Atelier Embellished Gown Custom made for Melanie Griffith Top layer is 100% chiffon silk Second layer is lace with crystal embellished suede leather applique Approxim...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Atelier Versace Evening Dresses and Gowns

Atelier Versace Red Silk Chiffon Gown Patron Original
By Atelier Versace
Located in Carmel, CA
Atelier Versace gown is featured in red silk chiffon with a matching beaded shawl. The custom-made gown has a ruched bust and assymetrical draping detail with crystal designs and a hand-sewn beaded hem throughout the three skirt layers. Includes an inner body suit with a boned corset and chiffon covered weights at the hips. Dress has a hand-sewn hidden zipper along the bias seam detail with three hook and eye clasps and four snap buttons. Patron original...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Atelier Versace Evening Dresses and Gowns

Fall 1991 Atelier Versace Gianni Vintage Black & Cream & White Dress
By Atelier Versace, Gianni Versace
Located in Portland, OR
This is a stunning Fall Winter 1991 Atelier Versace ivory /winter white ribbed wool dress with a black and white patterned bodice and ribbed black sleeves. The dress is fully lined with a side zipper that goes all the way to the sleeve. The bodice is a white linen like fabric with black velvet geometric shape appliques. The back bodice is reversed; made of the same black ribbed fabric as the sleeves with the white linen like fabric appliques forming a greek key pattern. This is a really fabulous vintage Gianni Versace dress...
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1990s Italian Atelier Versace Evening Dresses and Gowns

Atelier Gianni Versace Haute Couture F/W 1996 Embellished Sheer Evening Dress
By Atelier Versace
Located in Naples, FL
Atelier Gianni Versace Haute Couture F/W 1996 Custom Made Embellished Sheer Black Evening Dress Gown Condition: Good vintage condition, size and fabric tags removed, many embellish...
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1990s Atelier Versace Evening Dresses and Gowns

S/S 1999 Atelier Versace Haute Couture Black Embellished Off-Shoulder Gown
By Atelier Versace
Located in North Hollywood, CA
S/S 1999 Atelier Versace Haute Couture black mesh scallop embellished off-shoulder gown. Trained off-shoulder gown with fitted waist and heavily embellished 'scallop' upper with semi...
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1990s Atelier Versace Evening Dresses and Gowns

Vintage Versace Atelier Embellished Jersey Sheer Panels Sexy Dress S
By Atelier Versace, Donatella Versace for Gianni Versace
Located in Montgomery, TX
Vintage Versace Atelier Sheer Panels Embellished Dress No size as it is a haute couture piece. Approx. S/XS. Purple jersey, sexy sheer silk chiffon light purple panels with silver to...
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Early 2000s Italian Atelier Versace Evening Dresses and Gowns

Atelier Versace F/W 2004 Runway Crystal Embellished Black Evening Mini Dress
By Atelier Versace
Located in Naples, FL
Atelier Versace F/W 2004 Runway Embellished Silk Black Evening Mini Dress IT 40 FOLLOW US ON INSTAGRAM @OPULENTADDICT
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Early 2000s Atelier Versace Evening Dresses and Gowns

1998 ATELIER VERSACE couture silk floral mini RUNWAY dress
By Gianni Versace, Atelier Versace
Located in San Fransisco, CA
Floral, silk-brocade mini dress with side slit from Atelier Versace dating to Fall of 1998 which sadly was Gianni Versace's last runway show. Impeccable detailing. Everything you wou...
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1990s Italian Atelier Versace Evening Dresses and Gowns

S/S 1991 Atelier Versace Haute Couture Runway Mini Dress Rhinestone Tassel Set
By Gianni Versace, Atelier Versace
Located in West Hollywood, CA
Presenting this incredible black Atelier Versace mini dress set, designed by Gianni Versace. From the Spring/Summer 1991 Haute Couture collection, this mini dress debuted on the seas...
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1990s Italian Atelier Versace Evening Dresses and Gowns

Atelier Versace Couture Metallic Gold Open Back Dress
By Atelier Versace
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Our floor skimming Atelier Versace Couture dress is a stunning, one of a kind, piece of history to own for your next special occasion. This dress can be worn as an extremely unique bridal gown, or, the ultimate special occasion and red carpet gown. It features a halter neckline, plunging V-neck, and, open cross back. The dress is made from gold metal threading and crystal accents. Create a show...
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1990s Atelier Versace Evening Dresses and Gowns

Vintage Versace Atelier One Shoulder Crystal and Silk Green Dress (1980s)
By Atelier Versace, Versace
Located in Los Angeles, CA
One Shoulder Crystal and Silk Green Dress by Versace Atelier Circa late 1980s Two-tone; top layer is mint green and bottom is pale chartreuse Multicol...
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1980s Italian Atelier Versace Evening Dresses and Gowns

Early 2000s Atelier Versace Haute Couture Rhinestone Yellow Chiffon Mini Dress
By Donatella Versace, Atelier Versace
Located in West Hollywood, CA
Presenting a stunning light yellow strapless Atelier Versace mini dress, designed by Donatella Versace. From the early 2000s, this ultra-sexy mini dress is constructed of light yello...
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Early 2000s Italian Atelier Versace Evening Dresses and Gowns

F/W 2002 Atelier Versace by Donatella Maya Rudolph Sheer Orange Sequin Gown
By Donatella Versace, Atelier Versace
Located in West Hollywood, CA
Presenting a fabulous light orange strapless Atelier Versace gown, designed by Donatella Versace. From the Fall/Winter 2002 Atelier Versace collection, this gown debuted on the seaso...
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Early 2000s Italian Atelier Versace Evening Dresses and Gowns

Atelier Gianni Versace Silk Mustard Yellow Floral Leaf Evening Baroque Dress
By Gianni Versace, Atelier Versace
Located in PARIS, FR
*Atelier Gianni Versace* dress. Cut up at the side. LIKE NEW! SIZE Medium. Marked size: Italain 42. Length: 110 cm / 43.3 inch Bust: 37 cm / 14.6 inch Waist: 33 cm / 13 inch Hips: ...
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1990s Italian Atelier Versace Evening Dresses and Gowns

Atelier Versace Golden Waterfall Swan Tail Dress Gown
By Atelier Versace
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Atelier Versace custom-made beaded gown fashioned of golden champagne gossamer silk. Gown features halter sweetheart neckline, corset interior boned bodice, open T-back; fully line...
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21st Century and Contemporary Atelier Versace Evening Dresses and Gowns

Gianni Versace couture beaded 'Java Forever' dress, Autumn-Winter 1989-90
By Atelier Versace, Gianni Versace
Located in London, GB
This dress is based on an original design by Gianni Versace of a stage costume for Zizi Jeanmaire for the dance production 'Java Forever' at the Bouffes du Nord in Paris, 1988. The e...
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1980s Atelier Versace Evening Dresses and Gowns

S/S 1996 Atelier Versace Haute Couture Copper Lace Cheetah Rhinestone Mini Dress
By Gianni Versace, Atelier Versace
Located in West Hollywood, CA
Presenting an incredible cheetah print lace Atelier Versace mini dress, designed by Giani Versace. From the Spring/Summer 1996 collection, a version of this super-sexy dress debuted ...
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1990s Italian Atelier Versace Evening Dresses and Gowns

Atelier Versace black python sheer mesh cut out backless fitted maxi dress gown
By Atelier Versace
Located in Milano, Lombardia
LOVE LALI Vintage Atelier Versace An absolutely breathtaking and incredibly rare gown in black cut out patent python and sheer mesh Spaghetti straps that cr...
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Early 2000s Atelier Versace Evening Dresses and Gowns

NWT Vintage VERSACE ATELIER F/W 2002 Runway Gold Lace Mini Dress It 42 - US 6
By Atelier Versace
Located in Montgomery, TX
VERSACE ATELIER Runway Gold Lace Mini Dress F/W 2002 Collection Italian size 42 - US 6 Silk Gold Metallic Floral Lace Mini Dress, Front and Back Slit, Fully Lined, Side Zip Closure. ...
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Early 2000s Italian Atelier Versace Evening Dresses and Gowns

1990 Atelier Versace Haute Couture Hot Pink Wool Mini Dress
By Gianni Versace, Atelier Versace
Located in West Hollywood, CA
Presenting a hot pink Atelier Versace mini dress, designed by Gianni Versace. From 1990, this classic mini dress shows off the masterful craftsmanship of a custom Atelier Versace Haute Couture...
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1990s Italian Atelier Versace Evening Dresses and Gowns

Atelier Versace Haute Couture S/S2004 Swarovski Crystal Embellished Evening Gown
By Atelier Versace
Located in Naples, FL
Atelier Versace Haute Couture S/S 2004 Swarovski Crystal Embellished Mesh Evening Dress Gown IT 42
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Early 2000s Atelier Versace Evening Dresses and Gowns

Atelier Versace by Gianni Versace Haute Couture Embellished Evening Dress Gown
By Atelier Versace
Located in Naples, FL
Atelier Versace by Gianni Versace Haute Couture Embellished Black Evening Dress Gown IT 42 Atelier Versace backless evening dress with V-...
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Early 2000s Atelier Versace Evening Dresses and Gowns

Atelier Versace by Gianni Versace S/S 2002 Haute Couture Embellished Dress
By Atelier Versace
Located in Naples, FL
Atelier Versace by Gianni Versace S/S 2002 Haute Couture Embellished Dress Look 17 of Spring 2002 Couture. Atelier Versace sleeveless midi dress with emb...
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Early 2000s Atelier Versace Evening Dresses and Gowns

Versace Atelier Vintage 1991 Crystal Embellished Black Cocktail Dress
By Gianni Versace Couture, Atelier Versace
Located in Montgomery, TX
Versace Atelier Crystal Embellished Black Cocktail Dress Vintage 1991 Runway Collection Size Tag not Available - Please check Measurements Black Turtleneck Cocktail Dress...
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1990s Italian Atelier Versace Evening Dresses and Gowns

Iconic Atelier Gianni Versace Couture SS 1992 Baroque Black Medusa Mini Dress
By Gianni Versace, Atelier Versace
Located in PARIS, FR
*Atelier Gianni Versace* Baroque Dress! LIKE NEW condition! Vintage piece from the iconic 1992 Spring/Summer Collection!!! Size: XS/S (there i...
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1990s Italian Atelier Versace Evening Dresses and Gowns

1990's strapless blue silk feather and strass evening dress Versace Couture
By Atelier Versace
Located in Saint-Ouen-Sur-Seine, FR
Vintage strapless long strapless dress in quilted blue silk sewn with feather and rhinestone stripes, Atelier Versace label, side zip and deep neckline. ...
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1990s Italian Atelier Versace 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 Italian Atelier Versace Evening Dresses and Gowns

Atelier Versace Haute Couture F/W 1998 Crystal Embellished Cutout Train Gown
By Atelier Versace
Located in Naples, FL
Atelier Versace Haute Couture F/W 1998 Swarovski Crystal Embellished Cutout Open Back Long Train Black Evening Dress Gown Size IT 42
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1990s Atelier Versace Evening Dresses and Gowns

S/S 1997 Atelier Versace by Gianni Beaded Floral Dress Corset Removable Strap
By Gianni Versace, Atelier Versace
Located in West Hollywood, CA
Presenting an intricate Atelier Versace Haute Couture dress, designed by Gianni Versace for his final spring collection before his death. This dress was created for the Spring/Summer...
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1990s Italian Atelier Versace Evening Dresses and Gowns

Atelier Versace Haute Couture F/W 1998 Embellished Sheer Cutout Mini Dress
By Atelier Versace
Located in Naples, FL
Atelier Versace by Gianni Versace Haute Couture F/W 1998 Embellished Sheer Cutout Mini Dress IT 42 Atelier Versace sleeveless mini dress ...
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1990s Atelier Versace Evening Dresses and Gowns

S/S 1991 Atelier Versace by Gianni Versace Grecian Tunic Two Piece Dress Set
By Atelier Versace, Gianni Versace
Located in West Hollywood, CA
Presenting a stunning Atelier Versace dress set from the S/S 1991 collection, designed by Gianni Versace. This extraordinary piece can be seen on the season's haute couture runway. C...
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1990s Italian Atelier Versace Evening Dresses and Gowns

Versace Atelier 90's Black Silk Embellished Tulle Open Back Dress Gown
By Atelier Versace
Located in Montgomery, TX
Versace Atelier Black Embellished Tulle Long Dress Gown Circa 90's Designer size 42 - please check measurements Jet Black Silk Embellished with Bea...
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Late 20th Century Italian Atelier Versace Evening Dresses and Gowns

ATELIER VERSACE S/S 1990 Mini Navy Embellished Medusa Cuff Sleeve Tunic Dress
By Gianni Versace, Atelier Versace
Located in Thiensville, WI
ATELIER VERSACE S/S 1990 Mini Navy Embellished Medusa Cuff Sleeve Tunic Dress Brand / Manufacturer: Atelier Versace Collection: S/S 1990 Designer: Gianni Versace Style: Mini tunic d...
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1990s Italian Atelier Versace Evening Dresses and Gowns

VERSACE Atelier A/W 2005 Black Leather Beaded Sequin Strapless Corset Dress
By Gianni Versace, Atelier Versace
Located in Thiensville, WI
VERSACE Atelier A/W 2005 Black Leather Beaded Sequin Strapless Corset Dress Brand / Manufacturer: Versace Collection: Autumn / Winter 2005; ...
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Early 2000s Italian Atelier Versace Evening Dresses and Gowns

ATELIER VERSACE 1999 Black Strapless Boned A-line Front Slit Dress
By Donatella Versace, Atelier Versace
Located in Thiensville, WI
ATELIER VERSACE 1999 Black Strapless Boned A-line Front Slit Dress Circa: c.1999 Label(s): Atelier VERSACE Designer: Donatella Versace Style: Co...
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1990s American Atelier Versace Evening Dresses and Gowns

New Atelier Versace Wisteria Purple Silk Fully Beaded Dress Gown
By Atelier Versace
Located in Montgomery, TX
Atelier Versace Wisteria Purple Fully Beaded Silk Dress Gown Designer size 42 ( run smaller - measurements provided ) 100% Silk Wisteria Purple Dress...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Atelier Versace Evening Dresses and Gowns

1990s Atelier Versace by Gianni Versace Beaded Mesh Silk Dress
By Atelier Versace
Located in Switzerland, CH
Breathtaking Atelier Versace Evening Dress An amazing Haute Couture piece One of the most stunning pieces by Atelier Versace From the 1990s, created by Gianni Versace Fully hand-bea...
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1990s Italian Atelier Versace Evening Dresses and Gowns

ATELIER VERSACE Multicolor Beaded Evening Mermaid Haute Couture Gown & Heels 39
By Atelier Versace
Located in Switzerland, CH
Just breathtaking - a rare ATELIER VERSACE Evening Gown An amazing Haute Couture Piece Seen on Selma Blair One of the most famous pieces by Atelier Versac...
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Early 2000s Italian Atelier Versace Evening Dresses and Gowns

Atelier Versace Couture F/W 1998 Runway Embellished Sheer Cutout Gown Maxi Dress
By Atelier Versace
Located in Naples, FL
Atelier Versace Couture F/W 1998 Runway Embellished Sheer Cutout Gown Evening Dress IT 42 Seen on F/W 1998 Haute Couture Runway. Atelier Versace sleeveless maxi dress featuring bead...
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1990s Atelier Versace Evening Dresses and Gowns

Atelier Versace evening dresses and gowns for sale on 1stDibs.

Find an extraordinary range of authentic Atelier Versace evening dresses and gowns available on 1stDibs. If you’re browsing our collection of unique vintage and designer fashion to elevate your daily look or to introduce new colors to the dazzling formal wear in your wardrobe, this designer’s body of work includes elements of purple, red, blue and other tones. Most of the items here were designed during the 20th Century, but you can find examples that were created as recently as the 21st Century and Contemporary. Customers who are interested in this designer might also find the work of Maison Martin Margiela, Giorgio Armani, and Alberta Ferretti appealing. On 1stDibs, find haute couture, vintage and designer Atelier Versace evening dresses and gowns from top boutiques around the world. Atelier Versace evening dresses and gowns prices can differ depending upon time period and other attributes. On 1stDibs, the price for these items starts at $1,556 and tops out at $57,600, while the average work can sell for $10,396.
Questions About Atelier Versace Evening Dresses and Gowns
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Yes, Versace does indeed make dresses. Two of its most instantly recognizable dresses are the green jungle-print dress worn by Jennifer Lopez, and ‘that dress’ - a black dress with safety pin accents worn by Elizabeth Hurley. You can shop a collection of vintage and contemporary Versace dresses from some of the world’s top boutiques on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Oroton fabric is a material popularized by the Italian designer Gianni Versace. Instead of cloth, the silk-like material features links of hard metal. The fabric first debuted in the early 20th century but didn't become well known until appearing in Versace designs in the 1990s. On 1stDibs, shop a range of Versace apparel and accessories.

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